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Additional rainfall hinders investigation into missing Owen Jones

Investigators describe the search conditions as very hazardous, as the current has picked up and the water has become very muddy.

Posted: May 26, 2019 11:54 PM
Updated: May 26, 2019 11:55 PM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Indiana Conservation Officers are continuing to search Deer Creek by boat for missing 4-year-old Owen Jones. They said water conditions deteriorated because of heavy rains Saturday night.

As News 18 previously reported, Jones was last seen being swept down the creek on Thursday.

Investigators said areas around Delphi received approximately one inch of rain over the span of 12 hours, with heavier amounts of rain falling throughout the watershed areas of the creek. 

They said water conditions, which improved slightly on after Friday and Saturday, are now again very hazardous. Aside from the strong current, they described the water as very muddy. Investigators said this makes it impossible for rescuers to see anything below the surface.

With these factors in mind, they said it is very important to understand how very dangerous it is for members of the community to be near, or enter into, the water with any intentions of helping with search efforts.

They said everyone involved with this tragedy wants to find Owen Jones. However, anyone searching the water without the proper training or equipment, in Sunday's conditions, will likely become a victim themselves.

   Photos courtesy of Indiana DNR.

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