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A four-year-old child who was reported missing in a provincial park in southern Alberta has been found dead.

RCMP said their officers responded to a report of the missing child in Woolford Provincial Park, southeast of Lethbridge, early Saturday evening.

Police said that they, along with a Lethbridge search-and-rescue team and volunteers, used search dogs and a helicopter to look for the child throughout the night.

They said at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, as a result from information from a local, RCMP boat operators located the child dead on a sand bar in the St. Mary River, a few kilometres downstream from the park.

Police said they are not releasing the child’s name.

Tragedy also struck further down the St. Mary River earlier this month when three teenage girls drowned while swimming and canoeing near Spring Coulee.

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