Sophia Barnes

Body of Missing 12-Year-Old Pulled From Water at Sandy Point State Park

Kaniya Kenly was at the park with 15 people for a group outing.

The body of a 12-year-old girl was pulled from the water at Sandy Point State Park, hours after she went missing in choppy waters.

Kaniya Kenly of Baltimore went into the water with three friends before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and conditions became perilous. Maryland Natural Resources Police say Kenly was at the park for a group outing with 15 people. 

"It was a two- to three-foot, big chop," said Maryland Natural Resources Police Capt. Melissa Scarborough. "The kids went a little further than they had, so it was over their head. And that's when the difficulty began."

The girl did not resurface. Police say her body was found 40 yards from shore, nearly five hours after the search for her began.

The rescue effort included divers, helicopters, boats and first responders feeling their way through the water. Fishermen who were on the beach stayed for hours to keep an eye on the water.

Video from Chopper4 showed ambulances and several other emergency vehicles on the scene around sunset. The search extended into the night, but boats were seen leaving the water before midnight.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police, Anne Arundel Fire Department, Mid Atlantic Coast Guard, Annapolis Fire Department and Anne Arundel Fire Department contributed to rescue efforts.

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