River search is due to resume for girl, 10

July 17, 1992

The search for a girl who disappeared yesterday while wading in a Garrett County river was expected to resume today, authorities said.

A group of about 60 people searched without success yesterday for Violet Whismanat of Staten Island, N.Y.

The girl was wading in the Youghiogheny River when she stepped off a rock and disappeared, said Gary Yoder, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The 10-year-old girl does not know how to swim.

Mr. Yoder said a man and a woman who were wading with the girl tried to rescue her.

They told authorities they believe that she was swept down the river.

The girl was staying with the woman as part of a national Fresh Air program, designed to give inner city youths a chance to spend time in the country. She arrived in Western Maryland July 12.

People began searching for the girl at about 2:20 p.m. yesterday and suspended their search at 8:30 p.m.

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