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Parties continue to search for 1 missing horseback rider, 1 deceased

The search is still on this morning for one of two that went missing during a horseback ride yesterday.

The search is still on this morning for one of two that went missing during a horseback ride yesterday. Pronews 7 has a crew on scene providing updates.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. on June 23, the Hemphill County Sheriff's Office was notified of two people who had been riding a horse near the Canadian River northeast of Canadian. The two had been missing since shortly after noon.

A search of the area was launched with the aid of volunteers, members of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Department, Hemphill County EMS and a local helicopter pilot. Additional resources were provided by the Texas Parks & Wildlife.

At approximately 8:20 p.m., the pilot located the riderless horse a short distance southeast of the US 60/83 highway bridge. Apprxomately 15-20 minutes later, the pilot and volunteers on horseback located one of the missing riders in a semi-flooded ara approxmately 2-3 miles south of the bridge.

The victim, 7-year-old Emily Purcell, was deceased.

Wheeler County Justice of the Peace Mark Brown pronounced the child deceased. The body was taken to Lubbock for an autopsy.

The other rider, 24-year-old Marquita Medrano, has still not been located.

A DPS helicopter out of Amarillo also assisted using FLIR, but the search was suspended around 10:30 p.m. and resumed at 7 a.m.

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