KCSO search and rescue recovers body of 11-year-old Mya Calderon from the Kern River

Posted at 4:37 AM, Sep 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-02 20:56:35-04

UPDATE (12:41 p.m.): At about 9:45 AM, sheriff's search and rescue volunteers were flagged down regarding a suspicious object in the Kern River, about 500 yards away from where 11 year old Mya Calderon went missing.

The investigation revealed the object was the body of Calderon, who was lodged on a rock about seven feet underwater.

Rescue crews arrived and recovered the body, which was positively identified by family members still on scene.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses, which can be found here.

The Kern County Sheriff search and rescue unit would like to remind the public that the river is always dangerous. The public is encouraged to use appropriate safety measures and use Extreme Caution when around the Kern River.


Family members have identified the 11-year-old girl last seen in the Kern River as Mya Calderon. 

Kern County Search and Rescue Officials said just before 1 p.m. Friday Mya and her 57-year-old grandfather went missing in the Kern River near the Sandy Flat Campground in Keyesville. 

KCSO said search and rescue crews were able to rescue the grandfather about 200-300 yards down the river. 

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Crews were still looking for Mya Friday night. 

The girl and her grandfather were playing on the rocks by the river, officials said. They did not have life vests on and officials said it is unclear if they knew how to swim. 

Family members told 23ABC Mya is a loving, smart and adventurous young girl. She started middle school last week as a 6th grader and was visiting the Kern River Valley from Orange County for the Labor Day weekend. 

Family members said they will be out searching again Saturday morning. 

Anyone with information about Mya's whereabouts is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 861-3110.