UPDATE: Mother & Daughter Dead After War Eagle Creek Drowning

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) --  Kristi Wylie, who attempted to save her drowning daughter at War Eagle Creek Friday (July 7) afternoon, died Sunday (July 9) at a local hospital, according to Benton County Sheriff's Sergeant Shannon Jenkins.

Earlier on Sunday, around 7:30 a.m., the body of her 13-year-old daughter was found near the location where she went missing.

It was on Friday (July 7), police received a "drowning call"  involving two teenagers, who were swimming in War Eagle Creek, when one of them went under the water.  A man and a woman who were nearby jumped into the water to help the teen.  Then the girl and the woman began to sink, but the man made it out of the water safely.  The second teenage girl was not hurt.

Police later confirmed the woman, Wylie,  who went in after the teenager, was the drowning victim's mother and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

On Saturday (July 8) crews searched the White River in hopes of finding the teen.

Rogers Fire Captain Clint Bowen said rescue teams had shifted their focus from a water rescue to a water recovery.

Agencies that helped with the search:

  • Benton County Dive Team
  • Tri-County Search and Rescue
  • Mennonite Disaster Services
  • Arkansas Game and Fish
  • Rogers Rescue Teams
  • War Eagle Mill

Also, the Unwanted Society Car Club postponed a benefit car wash to focus on helping Unwanted member Raymond Martinez, who they said is dealing with this tragedy that involves Wylie and the teenager.

All proceeds from Sunday's (July 9) event will go toward helping with funeral costs and medical bills.