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Rescuers find body of girl in Green River

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VERNAL — Search and rescue workers have recovered the body of an 8-year-old girl, who had been missing since Thursday, from the Green River.

The girl, who would have turned 9 on Monday, was spotted by a search helicopter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. about four miles south of where she was last seen, according to a Uintah County Sheriff's Office news release.

The girl had been wading through the river with three other girls near the horseshoe bend area in Uintah County, about 10 miles southwest of Vernal, when she was pulled downstream by the current, according to the news release.

Rescue workers combed the river bottom, and four search dogs and several rescue personnel from numerous agencies also scoured the area. By late Thursday night more than 100 people were involved in the search, the news release stated.

Rescue workers and sheriff's deputies recovered the girl's body. The Uintah County Sheriff's office did not release the girl's identity Tuesday.