Body Found 7 Miles From Where Woman, Daughter Disappeared

Thursday, Jun 3, 2010  |  Updated 7:48 PM EDT
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Body Found in River Search for Missing Mother, Daughter

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Rescue crews search the Potomac River.

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Body Found in River Search for Missing Mother, Daughter

U.S. Park Police found a body in the Potomac River in Montgomery County on the third day of a search for a mother and daughter who were last seen being swept away by strong currents in the river.
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Two bodies have been found in the Potomac River but haven't been identified.

The first body was found about 7.5 miles from where a mother and her daughter disappeared into the river Monday. Another body was found at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday near Perry Island.

U.S. Park Police found the body in Montgomery County, Md., Wednesday afternoon, but it hasn't been identified, News4's John Schriffen reported.

Olga Gaspar, 35, and her daughter, 14-year-old Emily Arotinko, were attending a Memorial Day picnic near Difficult Run when Gaspar slipped on rocks while wading in ankle-deep water. Emily went after her and both were swept away by the current, family members said.

The rescue mission became a recovery effort Tuesday. Officials said they do not expect to find Gaspar and her daughter alive.

Crews have used boats and a helicopter to search the Potomac.

No one had drowned in the Potomac so far this year. Last year, five drowned.

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