TX: Toddler found along on boat, father missing

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Update (8:38 p.m.)

TEXAS (WFAA) – The 32-year-old father who went missing Thursday at Granbury Lake has been found dead, officials say.

Rescue crews say they recovered his body near where he was last seen by his three-year-old daughter in their boat.

The girl was found sleeping alone inside a boat Friday morning, officials say.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the 32-year-old father and girl went out on a boat at Lake Granbury but never returned.

Around 9 a.m. Friday, a resident heard a phone ringing and noticed a boat that appeared adrift, according to Deeds.

When the resident went out to secure the boat, the little girl was found sleeping inside, officials say.

The resident called police and reported the incident.

Officers say when they arrived, they only found the father’s keys, phone and shoes on the boat.

The three-year-old told investigators that “daddy went swimming.”

Authorities estimated that occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday, authorities say.

Rescue crews used boats, a dive team, drones and aircraft to search for the father. They recovered the man’s body Friday evening.

Officials say foul play is not suspected in the father’s disappearance.

An aunt of the little girl spoke to WFAA at the sheriff’s office and said that the little girl is doing OK.

Original Story

TEXAS (CNN) – A three-year-old girl was found alone on a boat in Hood County, Texas Friday.

And now, after a daylong search, authorities have recovered a body.

They have not confirmed whether it belongs to the girl’s 32-year-old father, who launched his boat on Lake Granbury late Thursday afternoon.

A person living on the lake reportedly found the child in a boat drifting around 9 a.m. after hearing a phone ringing on the water.

Police said the child was in good condition and she told them, “daddy went swimming.”

Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Hood County Sheriff’s Office.

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(This story was originally published on August 16, 2019)

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