Drowning death at Harrod campground ruled accidental

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com

HARROD — Law enforcement officials have released the name of a young girl who drowned Sunday at a private campground near Harrod.

Seven-year-old Rebekca V. Harmon died when she was pulled into the water at Sun Valley Campground, 9779 Faulkner Road, Harrod, early Sunday evening.

According to a statement from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call at approximately 8:12 p.m. involving the report of a child who had driven a golf cart into a pond at the campground. The subsequent investigation revealed Harmon was pulled under water by the sinking golf cart and her father was unable to locate her in the water. The young girl was the only person on the cart when it entered the water, the statement said. She was fishing with her father, Homer Harmon, her mother, Robin Lyle, and her 13-year-old brother at the time of the accident.

The family has no permanent address on file and was visiting a relative at the campground at the time of the accident, according to the sheriff’s statement.

Personnel from the Harrod EMS arrived at the campground quickly but did not locate the drowning victim for approximately 30 minutes. The young girl was transported to Lima Memorial Health System, where she was pronounced dead.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office in concluding the investigation in cooperation with the Allen County Coroner’s Office, who ruled the death an accident.


By J Swygart


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