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Missing Elementary Student Found in Fayetteville Pool Dies

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.(KNWA)--A Fayetteville elementary student found unresponsive in a swimming has died, according to police.

He was six-years-old.

Police responded to a possible drowning call on Tuesday afternoon. At the same time, police responded to a missing student call from Vandergriff Elementary.

The student was found in a swimming pool at a private residence near the school. The child was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center where he later died. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

The school released a statement after the death was reported:

The six-year-old male Vandergriff Elementary School student who was missing from recess yesterday and found in a swimming pool on private property adjacent to the school died today at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, as reported by the Fayetteville Police Department.  Further information about this accident will be made available by Fayetteville Public Schools to its school district community, including all employees, parents, and citizens, as we learn more and are allowed to release additional information.

“We are devastated by this tragedy. Fayetteville Public Schools, Vandergriff Elementary School, and our community are grieving the loss of a young life.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to this child’s parents, grandparents, extended family, and loved ones,” stated Dr. Matthew Wendt, Superintendent of Schools. “I ask the Fayetteville community to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Counselors will continue to be available at Vandergriff Elementary School for the remainder of the week to support students and staff members.

“Yesterday’s accident has created an unbelievable level of pain for so many wonderful people, commented Dr. Wendt. “We will mourn together and comfort each other through this most difficult time.” 


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