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Almondale Elementary student drowns during family vacation in Oklahoma

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 21:23:22-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A local Almondale Elementary School sixth grader reportedly drowned while vacationing with her family in Oklahoma, according to McCurtain County Sheriffs.

According to our ABC affiliate, 11-year-old Leilah Johnson was attending a large family gathering Monday when she disappeared. Sheriff's deputies in McCurtain County said they recovered her body Tuesday in Broken Bow Lake.

Almondale Elementary posted to Facebook Wednesday saying:

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to the Rosedale Union School District and the Almondale Elementary School Community. Leilah Johnson, a sixth-grade student, passed away in a tragic drowning accident while on a family vacation in Oklahoma. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends during this unspeakable time.

Information regarding the funeral services will be made available at a later date.