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Lake Wilderness drowning victim identified

The 7-year-old girl who drowned in a Spotsylvania County lake Friday evening has been identified by her father as Makayla Carter.

The father, Deaundrey Carter, said Saturday in a telephone interview with The Free Lance–Star that he is in disbelief about the death of his daughter.

The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office said in a news release early Saturday that divers recovered the body of the girl about 10:30 p.m. from the waters at Lake Wilderness in western Spotsylvania County.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, deputies first arrived about 8:30 p.m. to a call about a missing young girl.

The family of the girl had been searching the area for about a half-hour, when they called the 911 center.

Deputies began the search for the missing child and discovered, through contacts and interviews, that the child had been seen in or near the water near the sandy beach, shortly before she disappeared, Pearce said.

The Spotsylvania County Fire Department’s rescue and dive team responded to the location within minutes, he said.

After a search of the water around the beach area of the community clubhouse, the body of the girl was discovered by Fire Department divers, Pearce said.

The remains were transported from the scene for examination at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond.

The girl was part of a large crowd that had gathered in the area for a Fourth of July fireworks show on the lake, Pearce said.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Covenant Funeral Services in Fredericksburg.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419