Man dead, 2-year-old girl missing after vehicle submersion in Leon

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LEON, Kan. (KSNW) – Recovery efforts for the body of a 2-year-old girl from the Walnut River are underway in Butler County.

The body of the girl’s father was recovered overnight along with his truck near Leon.

On Wednesday evening, the Leon Police Department was notified of a possibly intoxicated man purchasing alcohol who had his two-year-old child in the car with him. The child’s mother called law enforcement who then found the man in a Chevy pickup truck.

“He was being peaceful and communicating and talking to him. The child was fine at the time and when they told him that they were gonna have to take the child,” Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said.

Sheriff Herzet then reports the man became panicked, then started his truck drove off into the Walnut River.

The man was discovered inside his truck and pulled from the river. But the girl was not located.

Local authorities are picking the recovery effort back up Thursday morning. Multiple agencies are assisting.


ORIGINAL STORY (10:30 p.m. March 11)

LEON, Kan. (KSNW) – Butler County officials responded to a vehicle submersion in Leon around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. An adult and one minor were inside the vehicle during the submersion, according to Butler County Dispatch.

The Butler County Sheriff said after 90-minutes of rescue efforts, the crew was able to extricate the driver’s body which was pinned inside the submerged car. The body of his missing 2-year-old daughter hasn’t been located yet.

The Sheriff said the submersion took place following a chase, and the driver was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.

Heavy equipment is being used in the rescue efforts. The search will continue overnight.

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