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5-year-old drowns at Hidden Valley Lake


The Dearborn County Coroner confirmed that 5-year-old Josephine Ohlhaut was pronounced dead at Dearborn County Hospital. She was pulled from Hidden Valley Lake after being found submerged in the water.

"The sweetest girl you'll ever see. Just happy; full of love. Just absolutely tragic, life cut too short,” said the girl’s uncle Patrick Green.

On Sunday evening, some family members of the 5-year-old Josephine came to see a growing memorial.

"It's been incredibly difficult it's been holding but as you expect, lot of pain,” said Green.

Coroners say the incident happen in three and a half feet of water.

"The findings were consistent with a drowning. Didn't find any physical abuse, any signs of neglect or any of that stuff. It looks like a tragic accident,” said coroner Steven Callahan.

Coroners were in the water Sunday afternoon. Signs posted around the beach notified beach goers that it was closed. People from the community stopped by and dropped off stuffed animals, flowers and balloons.

Hidden Valley resident Patrick Beairsto has a five-year-old son.

"You think about your own kid and then you really do think about the parents and when the kid was missing and probably how scared they were and to find out that your kid had drown is probably just something you hate to ever think,” said Beairsto.

The family is grateful for the amount of love being shown.

"We greatly appreciate the show of support from the community we've had a lot of outreach, a lot of love shared,” said Green.

The coroners want to stress water safety as this is the time of year when more kids are in the water.

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