Girl's body, 9, who fell into the water with her step-grandfather during a school holiday trip is found two days later while her family speaks of & # 39; tragic, incomprehensible sadness & # 39;
- Emily Branje and a 69-year-old man fell in the Hokitika river on Thursday
- The man, presumably her step-grandfather, was pulled out of the water
- Police were warned of a body found near the mouth of Gray River on the west coast
- Formal identification has not been carried out, but the police believe it is Emily
A nine-year-old girl who was washed away with her stepfather at the mouth of a notorious river while luring white.
Emily Branje, 9, was missing for two days after she and her older relative fell into the water on the Hokitika River in New Zealand on Thursday morning.
On Saturday morning a body was found that belonged to Emily, near the mouth of the Gray River on the west coast.
Emily Branje, 9, (photo) was missing for two days after she and her older relative fell into the water on the Hokitika River in New Zealand on Thursday morning
The police were alerted at 8.30 am and although formal identification has not been carried out, the police think it is Emily, stuff reported.
A police spokeswoman thanked volunteers and citizens who helped find Emily.
& # 39; Our thoughts are with her family in this tragic time, & # 39; she said.
Emily was fishing with a 69-year-old man who was her step-grandfather when they both fell into the water in the river mouth on Thursday morning.
He was pulled out of the water on Thursday by a member of the public, but Emily remained missing.
Emily's family shared their heartache after hearing the news that she missed on Friday.
& # 39; We were in shock and sadness following the news yesterday about our dear only child, Emily, & # 39; her family said in a statement.
& # 39; This is a tragic, incomprehensible time for us and we ask for privacy as we come to terms with what has happened. & # 39;
The 69-year-old man, who also fell into the water, was withdrawn, but the police are still looking for Emily (photo: Hokitika River)
Fun Feet Dance School in Cromwell, where Emily was present for five years, placed a tribute on Facebook.
& # 39; Fun Feet Dance sends his thoughts and prayers to the Janine and de Branje family after losing Emily & # 39 ;, they wrote.
& # 39; Emily started her dance trip with us five years ago before moving to (Christchurch) and starting her Highland dance trip. & # 39;
Emily & # 39; s aunt, Ann Jones, also paid tribute to her niece: & RIP our beautiful niece and nephew, we miss you very much and will live forever in our hearts & # 39 ;.
The dance school of Emily and her aunt placed touching tribute for the nine-year-old
Emily, who lives in Christchurch, stayed with her extended family on the river during her school vacations.
On Thursday around 9.45 am the police were called to the river.
On Thursday evening police investigations and rescue, Coast Guard, LandSAR, Maritime NZ and a rescue helicopter explored the river.
Search parties continued to search the coastline on Friday morning, but due to the rough sea they could not control the water.
A helicopter was also sent to search more remote areas before her body was found on Saturday morning.
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