Search for missing girl on Shoal Creek facing challenges with weather; Neosho Police Chief Baird reminds the park is closed, they are not asking for assistance from public

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NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho Police Department resumed their search Thursday morning for the missing 12-year-old girl, now identified as Kaylin Brown, at Lime Kiln Public Access on Shoal Creek.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. the boats were pulled from the water due to weather conditions.

Chief Baird allowed us access to the area where the initial search was focused, near the dam. However now nothing is visible but heavy flowing water. He points to an area with his flashlight and says there was a gravel bar there and that’s where the group was gathered swimming. Nearby was the last time that Kaylin was seen.

The 34-year-old male rescued by authorities, Trevor Hicks, is currently still at Freeman Hospital in Joplin where he remains in critical condition.

Neosho Police want to emphasize the park is closed until the recovery effort is complete. They are not asking for the public assistance. The water is dangerously high.

Currently there is not a time frame when the park will be open. Chief Baird says they will wait until the water is safe again to resume the search.

Neosho Police are being assisted by the Neosho Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team, Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division, Newton County Rescue and Recovery. More information outlined in a press release sent to media after our article printed.

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