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Body of young girl who fell into stream in Abitibi found by volunteer searchers

Provincial police believe the body of the four-year-old girl who fell into a flooded stream a week ago has been found in Quebec's Abitibi region.

Child was playing with friends by stream's edge when she was swept away by current

Police and firefighters teamed up with volunteers to search the stream for the girl after she fell into the water on May 4. (Piel Côté/Radio-Canada)

Provincial police believe the body of the four-year-old girl who fell into a flooded stream a week ago has been found in Quebec's Abitibi region.

The body was discovered by volunteers who had been scouring the waterway in Macamic, Que., on Sunday afternoon.

"Everything suggests that this is the body of the girl who disappeared into the creek on May 4,"  said Sgt. Christine Coulombe, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.

The body was taken to hospital to formally identify the victim.

The young girl was playing with friends near the stream when it is believed she was swept away by the current.

Her disappearance shook the small farming community, located about 670 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

The stream, which drains two large fields and empties into Lake Macamic, had been particularly powerful this year with a current strong enough to topple an adult, locals said at the time of her disappearance.

To search for the girl, a temporary dike was built, water was pumped out, police divers brought in and an army of volunteers walked the stream's banks.

With files from La presse canadienne

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