Girl drowns at Wichita church party for middle-schoolers

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A Wichita church says a girl whose body was found in a lake drowned while attending a party for middle-schoolers.

Shelby Cramb's body was found Sunday afternoon. Wichita Fire Department Interim Chief Tammy Snow says the search began several hours earlier after the child's parents came to pick up the youth from the party in the 3200 block of North Ridge Port.

Emergency and fire crews searched the shoreline and found the body about 10 feet from shore and 10 feet under water.

The Maize School District sent a message Sunday night saying that the girl was a sixth-grader at Maize Middle School. Pathway Church released details on Twitter Sunday night, while sending a text message to members:

USD 266 said in a statement that the school "has suffered an unimaginable loss in the death of one of our students." The district said a crisis team would be available throughout the coming days.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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The Wichita Fire Department says the body of a lost juvenile has been found in northwest Wichita.

The 11-year-old's body was recovered from a lake near 29th Street and North Ridge Rd.

Wichita firefighters say the child was attending a large party where swimming was involved.

"It's my understanding that parents came to pick up one of the juveniles, cause it was a relatively large crowd, and that's when it was noticed that one of the juveniles was missing," said Wichita Interim Fire Chief Tammy Snow. 

Firefighters and Wichita Police searched the area for about two hours. The child's body was recovered in about 10 feet of water.

Police say they are investigating the incident as an accidental drowning.

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