5-year-old girl drowns in the Plum River

A 5-year-old girl died Sunday, June 28 after being pulled from the Plum River in Savanna.

The girl, Elena Jessica Schaefer, was reported missing, along with a 12-year-old and another 5-year-old, about 12:45 p.m.

When Savanna police and fire, Carroll County deputies and EMS responded, they found one child and learned the other two might be in the river, Police Chief Jeffrey Dorn said in a news release.

Emergency responders found the second child clinging to a tree branch, unharmed. She was found at 1:13 p.m. about a half-mile downstream. She was flown to Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton where she died.