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Li’najah Brooker Missing, Chester Creek authorities end search for 6-year-old child who was swept away in Chester Creek
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Li’najah Brooker Missing, Chester Creek authorities end search for 6-year-old child who was swept away in Chester Creek

Mar 27, 2024
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Li’najah Brooker Missing – On Tuesday, the search and rescue operations for a young girl of six years old who had been carried away by a storm in Chester Creek over the weekend were terminated because the authorities were unable to locate the kid. Following a day of looking, officials informed NBC10 on Tuesday that they had used up all of their available resources, but they had not been successful in finding anything.

The officials in Delaware County have stated that crews searched throughout the day and that divers were there in the water on Tuesday; however, they were unable to find anything. Since Saturday, when Li’najah Brooker, who was six years old at the time, fell into the Chester Creek in Chester, teams have been searching the creek. The creek is located near the intersection of 8th and James streets.

Emergency responders from local, county, state, and federal authorities searched for the girl throughout the night on Saturday and throughout the entire day on Sunday, but they were unable to locate her there. On Sunday, Chester Mayor Stefan Roots provided an update on the search, stating that it was a “extremely sad day” as officials shifted the focus of the search from a rescue operation to a recovery effort.

“Having exhausted all available resources to locate Li’najah over the past three-and-a-half days, we are now ceasing search operations,” according to government officials Tuesday afternoon. Both the Chester Bureau of Fire and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted a search of Chester Creek on Monday utilizing a side-scan sonar system that was towed behind the vehicle.

In addition to providing photographs of the creek bed, the gadget also gave images of portions of the stream bank that are submerged in water. A number of scans were carried out across the entirety of the creek, beginning far above the place of entry and ending at the Delaware River. However, after the scans were finished and the images were examined, there was no evidence of anything being discovered.

The search was picked up again on Tuesday morning, but by approximately three o’clock in the afternoon, it was officially over. The family of the girl has been informed, according to the officials. “It is with the deepest regret that we acknowledge the consequence of this situation. In the midst of unfathomable loss, our hearts break for the family as they go through this difficult time. As stated in a press release issued on Tuesday, Mayor Roots expressed his support for the family, stating, “Please know that the entire community stands with you during this extremely difficult time.”

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