The body of 2-year-old Emma Sweet was found Sunday in the White River, 2 1/2 miles from where duck hunters found her father in a submerged pickup truck earlier this week.
Jeremy Sweet has been hospitalized for hypothermia and is reportedly in critical condition, WXIN reported.
Emma and her father were last seen Wednesday night, as CrimeOnline previously reported. They were reported missing on Thursday. Sweet and his pickup truck were found Friday, but there was no sign of the toddler.
On Saturday, investigators pulled the truck out of the river and said the little girl was not in or beneath it. They also reported finding a coat they believed belonged to her further downstream, but searchers had to stop for darkness shortly afterward.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Sunday afternoon that crews had located Emma’s body in a fork of the river.
Investigators still haven’t determined how the truck came to be in the river or how long it may have been there before the duck hunters came along. Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers also said deputies found needle and drug paraphernalia on Sweet when they took him out of the submerged truck.
Earlier this week, the sheriff’s office that he was out on bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and possession of methamphetamine.
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[Featured image: Emma Sweet/Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office]