Girl's body recovered after vehicle spotted floating in river in Crookston

It happened in Crookston on Tuesday, June 5.
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Red Lake River, behind an apartment complex at 110 Sargent Street in Crookston. 

Red Lake River, behind an apartment complex at 110 Sargent Street in Crookston. 

Tragedy has struck in northwest Minnesota as a girl's body was pulled from a car floating in a river on Wednesday. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office issued a release saying it received a call at 4:38 p.m. about a vehicle floating in the Red Lake River behind 110 Sargent St. in Crookston. 

Deputies from the sheriff's office and Crookston Police and Fire responded and saw the vehicle floating before it became fully submerged in the river. Firefighters entered the river with a watercraft in an attempt to find the submerged vehicle, which was located with the help of a drone. 

A water rescue team out of Grand Forks arrived at the scene but it was too late. The girl's body was recovered from the vehicle by divers and then transported to the University of North Dakota Medical Examiner's Office in Grand Forks.

Her age and identity have not been released, with the sheriff's office only describing her as a juvenile. 

Crookston Area Ambulance and the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force assisted in the incident. Foul play is not suspected and authorities are not yet releasing any more information. 

Earlier this week – on Sunday morning – a passerby located a vehicle upside down in a slough off of a highway near Hitterdal, which is located about 60 miles south of Crookston in Clay County. 

Seventeen-year-old Alivia Mortenson, of Ulen, died in the crash. Her obituary describes her as a star athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball who had recently completed her junior year at Ulen-Hitterdal Public School. 

Mortenson's funeral will be held at the school on Friday. 

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