CLEARWATER, Minn. (AP) — Stearns County sheriff’s deputies say a 4-year-old girl reported missing in a Clearwater park apparently drowned in a lake there.

Deputies were dispatched to Warner Lake Park shortly before 8 p.m. Monday on a report of a missing child. Authorities say the girl was at the park with her mother and was missing for 10 to 15 minutes before sheriff’s dispatchers received a call.

Bystanders on the beach helped search for the girl. One of them spotted her in about 5 feet of water about 30 feet from shore and brought her to land. Paramedics took over CPR when they arrived.

The child, identified as Alyssa Aicher, was taken by air to a hospital in St. Cloud where she was pronounced dead.

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Comments (16)
  1. MrB says:

    God bless you angel.

  2. Tom says:

    where were the parents???????????

    1. markH says:

      For that matter, where were the angels?

  3. mom says:

    Tom and MarkH you are heartless, how do you know the parents were there maybe there was a babysitter or a grandparent accidents happen sometimes no matter how much you try to keep your child safe. Maybe the person with this 4 yr old took their eyes off them for a second and lost sight of them. Anyone that has kids knows that it just takes a second for something bad and you never think it is going to be your kid that the bad thing is going to happen to. People need to be aware and watch their kids around water and anytime but do we always have to point a finger or place blame can’t you just feel sorry for this family that lost a little girl? And to MarkH the Angels were leading her back to God, who obviously felt he needed her more than she was needed on earth

    1. red says:

      If you read Alicias’ comment, sadly this poor little girl was not being supervised so Mark was jusitified in asking where were the parents. I wondered that myself when I read this sad story at 9 am and I believe that Mark meant absolutely nothing heartless. This was a sad unfortunate accident. Rest in Peace Little One!

  4. appalled says:

    Mark’s comment was uncalled for, no doubt. Did YOU, however, think that what you said was a.) helpful, or b) any less awful?! Truth is, threatening to put a bullet in someone’s head is BEYOND dumb. How ’bout just grow up?

    1. em0886 says:

      What are you talking about?? I didn’t see anyone saying anything about a bullet….this is very tragic and I do sympathize for the family but….children need to be watched ever so carefully, all the time!! Why didn’t the little girl have on floatation devices…I have had a couple close calls with my son in our pool in the back yard and have since purchase floaties. Warner is a fun place but is usually very busy….lots of older kids so it makes it difficult to watch the babies. I would suggest a splash pad or wading pool instead.

      1. appalled says:

        The comment was removed (thankfully) as the poster asked for another poster’s address so he/she could come and put a bullet in their head.

        1. shamoo says:

          I think you nuts…..

  5. howwie says:

    when by water extra protection needs to be taken . Drowning is a horrible way to go. Prevent it all costs. guard them with your life

  6. Alicia Rose Kettelkamp says:

    I was there during this horrible accident. I am sad to say however there was no supervision over Alyssa or her three friends that she was playing with. I was the one who ended up making the 911 call once the body was found. Having to console someone you barely know about their own daughter is simply devastating. This was a horrible horrible accident my thoughts and prayers go out to Alyssa’s mother and friends.

  7. Annoyed Mom says:

    Come on people. I have been to that lake a week ago and many adults with kids were sunbathing with their backs to the water as the kids played. I felt I was not only watching my children but those belonging to the careless adults there. If you are taking kids out in public – put the cell phone away, forgo your smoke breaks and for heavens sake WATCH the kids you are responsible for. Accidents do happen, but many are avoidable if adults in this world would stop being so self-involved and start acting like responsible adults.

  8. Tamie Thompson says:

    That lilltle girl had a life preserver on all day, they took it off when they were packing up to leave because it was so hot, It was a horrible accident, have some sympathy for God sake !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Chris M says:

    “And to MarkH the Angels were leading her back to God, who obviously felt he needed her more than she was needed on earth”

    Go tell her mom how fortune she is that he daughter died at the age of four.

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