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Search for missing Omaha girl turns into a recovery effort

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 19:09:07-04

SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — Authorities said on Friday that the search for a missing Omaha girl has turned into a recovery effort.

Tarie Price went missing on the Platte River near Schramm State Park on Thursday afternoon. Searches Thursday and Friday have not yielded any signs of the 8-year-old.

Authorities say the searches have covered six miles. They're fairly confident Price is still in the area near Schramm Park and Highway 50.

Due to the heat, water flow and time as well as debris, they feel that she is probably not alive.

Authorities are still trying to figure out how Price fell into the water. Initially, they believed that people were on a sandbar and everyone got separated and mixed.

Price is the only person missing from that group.

According to authorities, Price may have been holding onto a life jacket but probably didn't have it on properly. They say incidents like this put an emphasis on life jacket safety.

The search will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday. Only people with air boats are asked to show up. If you'd like to volunteer, report to the Highway 50 boat ramp. You'll be assigned with a law enforcement officer.


Sarpy County officials are holding a live press briefing to provide an update on the search for Tarie Price on the Platte River. Watch live below.


Authorities say they have enough volunteers for Friday's search.

SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) - An attempt at a water rescue will continue Friday for an 8-year-old Omaha girl who went missing on the Platte River near Schramm State Park.

Authorities said they responded to that area Thursday afternoon after taking several calls about kids in the water needing to be rescued. Good Samaritans assisted several of the kids to shore but one child, Tarie Price, remains unaccounted for.

Tarie, who also goes by the name “Juicy,” was last seen wearing a pink and white swimsuit.

Authorities say they aren't sure what caused Tarie to fall into the water but a group of people were on a sand bar when it took place.

The search was called off as darkness set in and visibility diminished on Thursday night. The search will resume Friday at 8 a.m.

If you want to assist in the search, go to the boat ramp near the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 31, near the Highway 50 bridge over the Platte River. There will be a check-in for volunteers at that location. Volunteers must check-in to assist the search effort.

Numerous agencies responded to Thursday's search.