Woman drowns in Loch Lomond

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BEN­TONVILLE — A Bella Vista woman drowned in Loch Lomond on Mon­day morn­ing.

Po­lice re­ceived a re­port at 6:40 a.m. of a body in the wa­ter be­hind a home on Mus­sel­burgh Lane, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Bella Vista’s Po­lice De­part­ment.

The woman was dead when emer­gency per­son­nel ar­rived. She was iden­ti­fied as Tracy Cordes, 54, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Po­lice don’t sus­pect foul

play in Cordes’ death.

In John­son County, of­fi­cials on Mon­day were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the drown­ing of a 7-year- old girl and in­juries send­ing four oth­ers to the hos­pi­tal.

Sher­iff Larry Jones said the Sher­iff ’ s Of­fice got a call at 5:21 p.m. Sun­day the girl drowned while swim­ming in the Mulberry River in a re­mote lo­ca­tion off Arkansas 103 near Oark.

Two boys who also suf­fered wa­ter re­lated in­juries were flown to a hos­pi­tal in Lit­tle Rock, he said.

A woman and a girl were taken by am­bu­lance to John­son County Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Clarksville. Jones didn’t re­lease any names or con­di­tions of the peo­ple in­volved.

Jones said the girl ’ s mother told him the fam­ily was hav­ing an out­ing at the river.

Some chil­dren and adults were walk­ing along the river and swim­ming.

He said de­tails were un­clear to him Mon­day af­ter­noon and he was still try­ing to de­ter­mine what hap­pened.

The John­son County Dive Team were among the agen­cies called to help but didn’t go in the wa­ter. Jones said the girl had been pulled from the wa­ter by the time au­thor­i­ties ar­rived.

De­spite the rain over the past week, Jones said the wa­ter level of the river didn’t seem high. A wit­ness told him, though, the cur­rent was swift.

The girl’s body was be­ing sent to the Arkansas State Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s of­fice for au­topsy, Jones said.

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