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Prairie County Sheriff's Department, other agencies work to recover alleged drowning victim


The search continues Wednesday for a Prairie County minor that was last scene at a sand bar in the White River at Des Arc.  

According to Prairie County Sheriff Rick Hickman, the call for missing minor came in at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. The alleged drowning victim is a 9-year-old female of Des Arc. 

The Prairie County Sheriff's Office along with the Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State Police, Conway Fire and Rescue, Arkansas National Guard -- providing helicopter assistance -- Johnson County Rescue Team and many other local volunteers have been on the river from daylight until dark assisting in the search of the missing child. 

"If you wish to help continue the search, contact the sheriff's office and check in prior to launch. We need to know who all you have in your boat. We will also give you instructions on what do do," Hickman said. 

The search will continue each day at 7 a.m., but volunteers are asked to be off the water before dark. 

On Tuesday storms threatened the area and volunteers were asked to leave for safety reasons as law officials stayed on scene. 

"Thank you all for (your) help, we deeply appreciate all of your work and support," Hickman said to the volunteers. 

Contact the Prairie County Sheriff's Office at (870) 256-4137.