Search suspended for missing Ont. girl

Police divers have suspended their search for an eight-year-old girl who fell into the fast-moving waters of a creek in sothwestern Ontario over the weekend.

Kayla Maybee, 8, fell into creek Saturday

Police divers head to the spot where an eight-year-old girl slipped into a creek near Melbourne, Ont., 25 kilometres southwest of London. (Kerry McKee/CBC)

Police divers have suspended their search for an eight-year-old girl who fell into the fast-moving waters of a creek in southwestern Ontario over the weekend.

Kayla Maybee had been playing with two friends Saturday morning near or on some ice in the swollen Gentleman Creek, a tributary of the Thames River southwest of London, Ont., police said. The water level was higher than usual due to the day's rainfall.

Police on Monday said layers of ice covered much of the creek, making the search dangerous and difficult.

Police said they will be monitoring conditions and hope to resume their search efforts if water and ice levels recede enough.

"Our OPP divers, emergency response team and Melbourne volunteer firefighters have searched through every possible and accessible location both in the creek and along the shoreline," said Staff Sgt. Brad Thompson.

Girls who were at the creek with Kayla ran to a nearby house to get help after she fell in on Saturday.

Divers returned to the creek Monday after spending most of Sunday in what a police spokeswoman said was "search and recovery mode."

Search teams on the weekend said they believed there was little chance the girl will be found alive.

"We would like to remain optimistic but a lot of time has passed," OPP Const. Chris Hunter said.

With files from The Canadian Press