Crews identify body of missing girl in Stono River

7/27 UPDATE:

Khandi Corona Whitley, 11 years old, of Washington, North Carolina, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 from drowning in the Stono River.  The decedent was recovered in the Stono River by Charleston County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol on Monday, July 24, 2017.  The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is the investigating agency.   

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) - Authorities on Monday recovered a body matching the description of an 11-year-old girl who went missing after getting caught in the current of the Stono River over the weekend.

St. John's Fire Marshal Ryan Kunitzer said the body was found at about 12:45 p.m., shortly after the search for the girl resumed following a pause due to bad weather and a tidal shift.

"For a search like this we are covering a wide area," said Kunitzer. "A big challenge is just the ever-changing currents and tides. The current can move here very, very quickly."

He said the young girl was swimming near a sandbar with a group when she disappeared at about 8:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Crews found her body north of the Limehouse Bridge. Kunitzer says a number of adults were present at the time, and that the group arrived at the sandbar on a boat.

Several agencies were involved in the search, including the Coast Guard.


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