Body of 5-year-old girl recovered from Cherry Creek
CHERRY CREEK, S.D. — The body of a 5-year-old girl who died after being swept away in Cherry Creek on Tuesday has been recovered.
The girl was swimming in the creek when it’s believed she was swept away by the current. She was reported missing at around 5 p.m.
A search was launched involving multiple tribal agencies and community members. It was later joined by a number of outside agencies, according to a statement from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier, published by West River Eagle and Indianz.com.
“Yesterday, tragedy struck a village on our reservation when a young tribal member was reported missing. The family of the missing, the community of Cherry Creek, numerous tribal agencies immediately began emergency search operations which continued around the clock. I would like to commend the volunteers and tribal agencies that never gave up and searched tirelessly through the night,” said Frazier.
“Early this morning our efforts were joined by outside agencies that responded quickly to our requests,” he continued. “I would like to personally thank the South Dakota Governor’s office, the South Dakota State Game, Fish and Parks, Oscar Ramirez and the Federal Bureau of Investigations for their response.”
The girl’s body was recovered shortly before noon on Wednesday. Two volunteers plunged into the water to retrieve her.
“My heart is with the family that is suffering from the loss of a love one and I ask for privacy of the family during this difficult time,” said Frazier in his statement.
Cherry Creek is a tributary of the Cheyenne River and is running particularly high following heavy rains and snow melt.