KCSO Search and Rescue recover body near Keyesville south

Crews were searching for an 11-year-old girl
Posted at 7:21 AM, Sep 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-02 20:57:06-04

UPDATE: (12:48 p.m.): 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.


UPDATE (12:00p.m.): KCSO Search and rescue officials said this is the 14th Kern River casualty this year. 


UPDATE (10:10 a.m.): Kern County Search and Rescue crews confirmed they found a body around 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning down river from Keyesville south.

Officials were searching for and 11-year-old who went missing in the Kern River Friday afternoon. 

Family members identified the missing girl as Mya Calderon from Orange County. 

They said she just started middle school last week and were celebrating the Labor Day weekend in the Kern River Valley. 

Search and rescue officials said the Kern County Coroner will identify the body at a later date. 


Kern County Search and Rescue crews are heading back out to search the Kern River for an 11-year-old girl who was last seen in the water Friday. 

Officials said she and her grandfather were both swept away. KCSO search and rescue found the 57-year-old grandfather clinging to a rock in the middle of the river. Crews were able to safely rescue him, but they were unable to find the girl. 

Overnight family members identified the young girl as Mya Calderon. They said she started 6th grade last week and is loving and adventurous. Family members will also be back out searching today. 

KCSO has more than 30 volunteers searching along the Kern River. 

If you see any signs of Mya, you're asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 861-3110.