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Dad Found in Submerged Pickup Truck With Drug Paraphernalia, Gave Conflicting Stories About Toddler’s Whereabouts

An Indiana man who was found Friday in a truck submerged in a river was reportedly found with drug paraphernalia and provided cops with conflicting accounts regarding his toddler daughter’s whereabouts.

The missing 2-year-old girl, Emma Sweet, was found dead Sunday in the White River, roughly two-and-a-half miles from where duck hunters found her father alive in a submerged truck. After being rescued from the truck, police found Jeremy Sweet in possession of a needle and drug paraphernalia, CrimeOnline previously reported.

Jeremy and Emma Sweet were last seen together on Wednesday. The girl’s mother reported them missing the next day.

Jeremy Sweet remains hospitalized for hypothermia. Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said he provided conflicting accounts on several instances regarding his daughter’s whereabouts, the Indianapolis Star reported. He initially told police that she was with him when he drove off the 15- to 20-foot embankment. Later, he claimed he dropped her off before the incident, according to Myers.

Despite the contradictory stories Jeremy Sweet allegedly provided, Myers said his comments “made us believe that, probably, she was in the water with him.”

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Captain Jet Quillen told reporters that while it is possible for a car to drive into the river where Jeremy Sweet’s truck was found, a driver would have to veer off the road and over a barrier to get into the water.

“That is something that is being looked at because it is not a scenario where you can just accidentally drive into it,” Quillen commented, according to the Star.

Jeremy Sweet was placed on a 72-hour hold so police can complete their investigation and present it to the prosecutor’s office. He has not been charged in connection with his daughter’s death.

The Star reported that the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office is in the process of determining Emma Sweet’s cause of death.

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[Featured image: Emma Sweet/Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office]