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Police identify girl who drowned after falling into canal

Authorities say a young girl who drowned in the Erie Canal near Rochester fell into the waterway while retrieving her sandals from a dock during a family outing.

Posted: Jul 21, 2018 7:55 AM

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a young girl who drowned in the Erie Canal near Rochester fell into the waterway while retrieving her sandals from a dock during a family outing.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that Town of Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan says Friday that it appears Alliyah Williams of Rochester slipped on a dock and fell into the water Thursday evening.

Police were called to the scene and a search was launched. The girl's body was found by police divers nearly three hours later in about 8 to 10 feet of water near where she fell in.

Initial reports had the girl's age as 5.

Police say Alliyah had been at a canalside park with her sister and two other family members, and the group had done some canoeing on the canal.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com

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