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Girl, 6, dies after being found unconscious in Swiss forest

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Girl, 6, dies after being found unconscious in Swiss forest
Girl dies after being found unconscious in Swiss forest. Photo by Vladimir Nordmann on Unsplash

A six-year-old girl, who was found unconscious in a forest after she disappeared during a family party, has died, police in Switzerland said on Monday.

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Police in Lausanne in western Switzerland were informed of the girl's disappearance on Sunday at 5:54pm (15:54 GMT) while she was attending a family party in the Ravoire region.

She had not been seen by anyone since 5:00pm when she was playing at the party.

"The six-year-old year was taken into critical care by an Air-Glaciers helicopter to Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne where she unfortunately died" late on Monday morning, the Valais police said in a statement.

The cantonal police, in collaboration with several rescue organisations, the air force and more than 200 volunteers, had launched a major search to locate the missing girl.

On Sunday evening, at 9:20pm, a search in the forest close to the gathering led to the discovery of the unconscious girl.

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The cantonal prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the circumstances behind the incident.

Authorities did not provide any further comment on the investigation.

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