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Sheriff: Body of 3-year-old girl pulled from Nebraska lake

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LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials in south-central Nebraska say they’ve pulled the body of a 3-year-old girl from Johnson Lake.

Station KRVN reports that the body of Avery Grace Mendiola, of Lexington, was found about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, after she was reported missing in the lake Wednesday evening.

Gosper County Sheriff Dennis Ocke says a caller to the sheriff’s office around 6 p.m. Wednesday said the child was on a toy float that had drifted out of the main swim area. Witnesses told arriving deputies that the toy had flipped, pitching the child into the water.

A dive team and Nebraska Game and Parks officers searched the lake until 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and resumed around 6:30 a.m.

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