10-year-old girl found dead in Mercer County canal

MONTEZUMA, Ohio (WOWO): A 10-year-old girl was found dead in a canal after a six hour search on Saturday.

At 7:36 a.m., Mercer County Police responded to 6300 block of State Road 703 near Montezuma, Ohio, on reports of a missing child, Jade Riggs, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

More than 90 responders searched woods, fields and water near the area. At about 1:56 p.m. firefighters found her dead in a canal near Grand Lake Saint Marys.

Police believe she woke up, went to the water to throw stones and fell in.

She was last seen around 5:30 a.m. when her grandfather left for work.


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