St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Operation Division recovered the body of 10-year-old, Avani Cook, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The young girl was located in a nearby pond.
The preliminary investigation indicates, for unknown reasons, the 10-year-old walked to the area of the pond and entered it before drowning.
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and is conducting an investigation, along with Investigators of the Major Crimes Division, into the circumstances surrounding the drowning. At this time, there is no evidence to indicate that this tragic incident is anything other than that.
STPSO K9 deputies were on the scene assisting with the search along with more than 15 deputies on foot and ATV.