JOHNSON LAKE — A 3-year-old girl drowned after falling into Johnson Lake without a life jacket Wednesday evening.
Avery Grace Mendiola was riding a floatation toy, without a life jacket, when it drifted out of the swim beach area near Medo’s Resort. Witnesses told members of the Gosper County Sheriff’s Office the toy flipped over and the child fell in the water.
The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department dive team and Nebraska Game and Parks searched the lake, starting around 6 p.m., until the search was called off around 10:30 p.m.
The search resumed at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday and her body was recovered about 7:30 a.m. northwest of where she fell in the water.
An autopsy will be conducted, according to the Gosper County Sheriff’s Office.
The Gosper County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Elwood Fire and Rescue, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.