Butler County Sheriff deputies were called to Land of Illusion Amusement Park at 8762 Thomas Road in Madison Twp. for a report of a juvenile drowning, according to the office. The Madison Twp. EMS and the Land of Illusion staff were attempting to locate the girl who went underwater at approximately 5 p.m.
Kent Hall, Madison Twp. fire chief, said he was the first on the scene and he called for assistance from the Middletown and Franklin fire department water rescue crews and for CareFlight from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
A Land of Illusion lifeguard located Jones in the water at about 5:30 p.m., 30 minutes later, according to the sheriff’s office. She was flown to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she died.
When asked why it took 30 minutes to locate Jones, Hall described the water park as “a pond” and the water isn’t clear like a swimming pool.
The BCSO received two 911 calls regarding the search, according to the calls obtained by this news outlet.
One caller said the girl wasn’t wearing a life jacket. The teen went into the water and “she never came back up,” the caller told dispatchers.
She said the girl was missing for about 12 minutes at the time.
“This is a tragedy no parent should have to endure,” Sheriff Richard Jones said in a press release. “These are the calls first responders dread and have difficulty dealing with.”
In a post on its Facebook page, Land of Illusion said it is “saddened to learn of the passing of a young girl” at the Aqua Adventure Park.
The park was closed Wednesday “out of respect for her and her family, and for our employees who are also dealing with this tragedy,” the Facebook post said.
Mykiara Jones, 14, a Dayton native who was an incoming freshman at Middletown High School, drown Tuesday evening at the Land of Illusion’s Aqua Adventures Waterpark. SUBMITTED PHOTO