NEOSHO. Mo. — Shortly before 7:00 p.m. information was received regarding the recovery of 12-year-old Kaylin Brown of Neosho.
Neosho Police Chief Jason Baird tells us tonight that the body of Kaylin was located 3.26 river miles downstream Sunday evening. She was located by a volunteer group, Mennonite Disaster Service: Arkansas Search and Rescue, equipped with an airboat.
Chief Baird says it was an area they searched many times, even today, near the rivers bend of Shoal Creek. He feels that the waves of the numerous boats today could have moved the receding waters.
The incident is being investigate by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division.
Sunday marked five days. It was Wednesday afternoon when she was was witnessed going under under at the dam at Lime Kiln Access. Trevor Hicks, 34, went in to rescue her and he too was caught in the “hazardous recirculating current” of water that comes over the dam.
Hicks condition is still critical at a Joplin hospital. He has never gained consciousness since being pulled from the water by Neosho Fire Department. He was underwater possibly 25 minutes. We are told family is gathering Monday.
We anticipate an official statement coming later from Neosho Police (included now below).