Police searching for 4-year-old who swept away in Deer Creek

Multiple agencies are staging search and rescue operations at Riley Park in Delphi. Witnesses reported a 4-year-old was swept away in deer creek.

Posted: May 23, 2019 8:29 PM
Updated: May 24, 2019 9:15 AM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) -- The search for a 4-year-old boy swept away in Deer Creek is now classified as a recovery search, investigators say.

Half a dozen agencies have been searching the creek at Riley Park since the emergency was called in at 6 p.m.

Lieutenant Dan Dulin with the Department of Natural Resources says a witness on the Washington Street bridge over Deer Creek saw the boy being carried downstream and called 911. It's unclear how he got in the water.

Searchers were aided by a helicopter, which scanned the creek for about two hours.

DNR says yesterday's heavy rain has caused the creek to swell, with a strong current.

News 18 has a crew on the scene and will update this story with more details as they become available.

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