By Penticton Herald staff
The body of the missing 12-year-old girl from 70 Mile House was found in Skaha Lake, Tuesday shortly before noon.
The 12-year-old had been missing since she went swimming with friends on Sunday resulting in an extensive search involving RCMP divers plus Canadian Helicopters.
Friends and family members lined the shore, Tuesday, many sobbing while others played traditional native drums.
RCMP verified the girl had been found and the investigation is now in the hands of the coroner.
B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the identity of the victim, Ida Lynn Marie Holt-Scherer.
According to Barbara McLintock of B.C. Coroners Service, Ida was visiting extended family in Penticton and on Sunday she and another girl were standing on a sandbar which gave way. The two girls were swept into Skaha Lake.
The second girl, who was not injured, was rescued by a passerby and unharmed from the incident. Ida was not initially found but according to McLintock, her body was located about 200 meters from shore in water about nine metres deep.
Coroners Service praised the work of Penticton RCMP and asks the public to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time.