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Three-year-old drowns at Johnson Lake

JOHNSON LAKE - The Gosper County Sheriff's office has identified a three-year-old girl who drowned at Johnson Lake when her flotation toy flipped near the Medo Resport area.

The sheriff's office says Avery Grace Mediola, of Lexington, was riding on the toy when it drifted out to the main area of the lake. Initial reports indicated the child wasn't wearing additional flotation devices.

The Lexington Fire Department Dive Team was called at 5:45 p.m. with a watercraft capable of dragging the lake. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission assisted at the scene.

The search was called off around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, before resuming at Thursday morning. The child was found at approximately 7:30 a.m.

An autopsy has been ordered.