“I have never in my 30 years in law enforcement seen such cooperation and teamwork in an investigation,” said Sheriff Matt Myers. “I had no doubt that the men and women searching for Emma would find her.”
The Bartholomew County coroner is working to identify the child’s cause of the death.
Emma Sweet was last seen Wednesday and was reported missing along with her father, 杰里米·斯威特, 星期四, 根据调查人员.
On Friday morning, duck hunters located Jeremy Sweet inside his submerged truck in the White River. After rescuers pulled him out, investigators learned that he had his two-year-old daughter with him – but she was nowhere to be found.
Personnel from multiple agencies immediately launched ground and river searches for the missing child.
While it was believed Emma’s coat was found downstream, investigators said there was no sign of the missing 2-year-old until her body was recovered from the river on Sunday morning.
“I pray the Lord to comfort them during this difficult time,” Myers said, referring to the child’s family. “I again want to praise the first responders and all of those who came out to help search for Emma.”
It was not immediately clear how the vehicle ended up in the river.
杰里米·斯威特, who was taken to a hospital for hypothermia after being pulled from the White River, was being held on a 72-hour hold without bond while the investigation continues, 警长办公室说.
At the time Jeremy Sweet was pulled from the water, he was out on bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon as well as possession of methamphetamine, 警长办公室说.
Authorities said Jeremy Sweet gave investigators several conflicting stories about the incident, FOX59 Indianapolis reported.