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Emma Sweet, 2, was last seen in Bartholomew County, Indiana, at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in the search for a missing 2-year-old girl after her father's truck was found submerged in a river early Friday morning.

In a Facebook post, the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to the 1700 block of Blessing Road on a report that duck hunters found a truck with one person inside submerged "in the east fork of the White River" near a farm at the end of Beatty Lane just before 6 a.m.

The occupant of the vehicle, Jeremy Sweet of Columbus, Indiana, was rescued and taken to a local hospital to be treated for exposure of hypothermia, the sheriff's office said, adding "he is currently out on bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon as well as possession of methamphetamine." His condition was not provided.

Deputies later learned Sweet had his two-year-old daughter, Emma Sweet, with him. The sheriff's office said the two were reported missing on Thursday, but "it is unknown if she was in the vehicle" when the duck hunters found the submerged truck. 

The two were reportedly last seen Wednesday, Nov. 24, at noon. The sheriff's office is asking anyone who may have had contact with either Jeremy or Emma Sweet since then to contact them. 

Emma has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing all black with a cream-colored jacket with butterflies on it. 

"If you have seen Emma, please contact authorities immediately. If you have any additional information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, contact us," the sheriff's Facebook post said.

Indiana State Police, Department of Natural Resources, EMS, and more are helping in the search for Emma. 

Anyone with information can call 911, the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office at (812) 379-1650 or the tip line at (812) 379-1712.

This story may be updated as more information becomes available.

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