5-year-old drowning victim found in Mississippi River

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UPDATE: According to Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson, the body of 5-year-old Maci Jade Chavez has been found in the Mississippi River after a boating accident at the Steel Dam west of the Rock River last Monday.

Gustafson says a passerby driving on 78th Avenue West in Andalusia, Illinois saw Maci and called 9-1-1. The Illinois DNR, Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, Rock Island County Coroner, and Andalusia Fire Department all responded.

A member of the Illinois Department of Conservation and an Andalusia firefighter waded out into the water to retrieve the body together.

Gustafson says his and all of the first responders thoughts and prayers are with the Chavez family. And he is happy he could reunite the family.

MILAN, Illinois - A search effort is continuing this morning for a 5-year-old girl after a boating accident at the Steel Dam west of the Rock River Monday night.

Three people were safely rescued June 18th after an emergency call came in just before 7 p.m. They were a mother and two boys, ages 8 and 9.

The Illinois DNR says all four occupants who entered the river were wearing life vests at the time.

Emergency crews are using sonar technology underwater along with surface searches.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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