NEOSHO, Mo. – Newton County, Missouri Crews resume a search for a 12-year-old girl swept away by Shoal Creek Wednesday afternoon. Officers say around 4:14 p.m., 12-year-old Kaylin Brown was pulled into the water by a strong current at Lime Kiln Public Fishing Access. They say 34-year-old Trevor Hicks attempted to rescue her and was also pulled into the water. Neither were able to get out because of the strong current.
Rescue crews were able to pull Hicks from the water. He was taken to Freeman Hospital and last reported in critical condition. Kaylin was not located, and the rescue was called off at 9:00 p.m.
The search for the girl continued at 7:00 a.m. Thursday. Rescue units from Missouri State Highway Patrol (Water Patrol Division), Neosho Police, Neosho Fire Department, Newton County Rescue, and Missouri Department of Conservation were on the scene.
At around noon Thursday, the search had to be paused again — as severe weather brought lightning and flash flooding, making it dangerous for search crews. At 3:00 p.m., Neosho Police Chief Jason Baird told us that the search was still halted, with chances of getting back into the water being slim unless the water level went back down. He says that crews were searching on the banks, and will continue to search until they find Brown.
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