Kansas searchers find body of child swept away in river

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Searchers looking for a 20-month-old girl missing since March 11 found her remains Saturday in the Little Walnut River, authorities said.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the girl was a passenger in her father’s truck when he ran from the Leon Police Department.

Christopher Johnson was allegedly drinking when he took off from police and crashed into the Little Walnut River near Leon, Kansas.

The 44-year-old Leon man died after being pinned in the truck that landed on its top.

Detectives with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office took the girl’s body to the Regional Forensic Science Center in Wichita for an autopsy.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet had previously said authorities initially confronted Johnson in a field near the Little Walnut River. The girl’s mother had called police after finding out her boyfriend had been drinking and did not bring the girl home.

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