8-year-old girl from Yakima drowns in Lake Cle Elum

8-year-old girl from Yakima drowns in Lake Cle Elum

Members of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Dive Team recover the body of an 8-year-old Yakima girl this morning who drowned in the Morgan Creek area of Lake Cle Elum.

Around 5 PM last night, deputies responded to the report that Christine Bethay was missing. She had been camping with her grandmother on the shore of the lake adjacent to where the Morgan Creek drainage enters the lake.

She was last seen swimming in the lake in a small cove at the mouth of Morgan Creek with other children and adults. It is unknown exactly how long she was out of sight, as some of the children thought they had seen her walk back to the camp area.

After a long search last night and then again this morning, her body was recovered about 20 feet from shore in about 6 feet of water.