14-year-old girl drowns at Ohio water park, found 30 minutes later

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A 14-year-old miss died Tuesday evening aft she was pulled from the h2o astatine an Ohio taxable park, officials said.

Police were called to the Land of Illusion Aqua Adventure Park successful Middletown aft the teen went nether h2o and did not surface, the Butler County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's bureau said successful a property merchandise that the miss went nether astatine astir 5 p.m. and she wasn't located until a half-hour later.

The unfortunate was identified by authorities arsenic Mykiara Jones.

Mykiara was airlifted to Dayton Children's Hospital, wherever she aboriginal died, constabulary and different officials said.

"This is simply a calamity nary genitor should person to endure," Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said successful a statement. "These are the calls archetypal responders dread and person trouble dealing with. Our thoughts and prayers spell retired to the family."

An probe is ongoing.

In a connection released connected its Facebook page, Land of Illusion's owners said it closed down the h2o parkland and is cooperating with investigators to find what happened.

"We inquire that you articulation america successful sending thoughts and prayers and our deepest condolences to our guest's household and friends, arsenic good arsenic to the squad members and guests who were onsite past evening during this tragedy," the owners said.

Those who knew Mykiara began reacting to the calamity connected Wednesday.

"Mykiara was conscionable a large student, and she was a large quality being," Jennifer King, Mykiara's teacher successful mediate school, told Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO. "I'm genuinely saddened this happened due to the fact that she could person done thing she wanted successful life."

The Middletown School District put retired a statement alerting the assemblage astir Mykiara's death.

Superintendent Marlon Styles said Mykiara was going to beryllium a freshman astatine Middletown High School successful the autumn and the teen's parent worked successful the schoolhouse system.

"We volition beryllium wrapping our arms astir her during this highly hard time," Styles said of Mykiara's mother.

The schoolhouse provided students, module and different members with accusation connected counseling services.

"We widen our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family, friends, and teachers of Mykiara. We commune the household finds bid and comfortableness during this hard time," Styles said.

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