UPDATE: 12-year-old girl dies in drowning Friday evening

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The 12-year-old girl who died in an apparent drowning Friday evening in Alexandria has been identified as JaLysa Anne Cook.

The Douglas County sheriff’s office responded to a call around 5:30 p.m. reporting that a young girl was in the water channel between Lakes Cowdry and Darling in Alexandria. According to the release, search efforts began immediately, and the girl was located around 6:10 p.m. in about three feet of water.

Responders started CPR immediately, and the girl was transported to a nearby hospital. But, life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.

Friends and family have started a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses and assist the family.

The incident remains under investigation.