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Body, believed to be 9-year-old girl, found in Tangipahoa River

6 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 27 2017 Jun 27, 2017 June 27, 2017 10:42 AM June 27, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

INDEPENDENCE – The body of 9-year-old Gabrielle McCoy, who went missing in the Tangipahoa River on June 25, is believed to have been found on Tuesday morning, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports. 

The body was recovered around 7 a.m. about two miles south of the Highway 40 bridge near Serenity Sands Camp Ground where she was last reported to have been seen.  McCoy was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when she and another child got caught in a strong current. The other child was rescued by a witness, but adults could not get to McCoy before she was swept away.

A search on Sunday was suspended around 10:30 p.m. due to rough water conditions. It resumed around sunrise Monday.
The body has been taken to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office for positive identification. 
McCoy went missing Sunday afternoon after she was swept away by the current in the Tangipahoa River, the sheriff's office says. 
The search lasted for several days and included the support of nearly 100 responders from multiple agencies. 
The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office stated in a release on Tuesday morning that McCoy will always be remembered and to pray for her family through this difficult time. 
"This incident brought over 15 agencies together who worked cohesively as one team around the clock to reunite Gabrielle with her family. Gabrielle has left her imprint in our hearts and will forever be remembered," the release read. 
The following agencies assisted in the search for McCoy:
Tangipahoa Parish Government, GOHSEP, the Loranger, Amite, Independence, Ponchatoula, Manchac, Hammond Fire Departments, Louisiana Search and Rescue (LASAR), St. Tammany Parish, Livingston Parish, St. John Parish, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Offices, Dive and Rescue Educators, East Side Fire Department and Dive Team, Gonzales Fire Department and Dive Team, Wildlife and Fisheries, TPG- Fire Administration, the United States Coast Guard, Red Cross , the Hammond PD, Independence PD, TPOHSEM(Tangipahoa Parish Office Homeland Security Emergency Management) and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. Vendors who donated food and ice and the Property Owner and Acadian Ambulance Services. 

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