Girl miss­ing near War Ea­gle Mill

Ben­ton, Wash­ing­ton county dive teams to con­tinue search to­day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

A 13-year-old girl is miss­ing in the War Ea­gle Mill area and pre­sumed dead, ac­cord­ing to the Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

The Ben­ton and Wash­ing­ton county dive teams were search­ing War Ea­gle Creek with sonar and other equip­ment into Fri­day night and will con­tinue the search this morn­ing if the girl isn’t found, said Capt. Ed Motsinger of the Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

The Rogers Fire De­part­ment, Beaver Lake Fire De­part­ment, Ben­ton County Di­vi­sion of Public Safety and Piney Point Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to a call at 4:41 p.m. Fri­day about one or two peo­ple drown­ing at 11045 War Ea­gle Road.

Motsinger said at least two teenagers were play­ing around the wa­ter and the girl be­came dis­tressed.

The girl’s mother, Kristi Wylie, 31, got into the wa­ter to help the girl, Motsinger said, but both went un­der­wa­ter.

By­standers pulled Wylie out of the wa­ter and one gave her CPR un­til emer­gency work­ers ar­rived, Motsinger said. She was taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

A man and an­other teenage girl were both safe on shore.

Motsinger said the wa­ter was not swift or higher than usual.

“This is ac­tu­ally very rare that we get calls out here, very rare,” Motsinger said.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

Emer­gency per­son­nel work to­gether with con­struc­tion crews Fri­day at the War Ea­gle Bridge as they search for a per­son be­lieved to be in the wa­ter be­neath the bridge.

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