DNR releases name of 4-year-old boy missing in Deer Creek

A witness on the Washington Street Bridge reported seeing a four-year-old boy in the water and called 911 on Thursday.

Posted: May 24, 2019 10:52 AM
Updated: May 24, 2019 11:47 AM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind (WLFI)- Officials have now released the name of the four-year-old boy who went missing in Deer Creek waters.

Owen Jones (Correction: The name was originally reported as Owen Johns) reportedly was swept downstream in Deer Creek at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. A witness on the Washington Street Bridge reported seeing him in the water and called 911.

Recovery efforts resumed Friday morning for Jones. Search crews and family members met at the scene at 7:30 a.m. This is a recovery search.

Crews called off search efforts late Thursday night. Officials said conditions were too dangerous for the search party to continue. 

Lieutenant Dan Dulin with the Department of Natural Resources told News 18 many local agencies and boats were involved in the search party Thursday. A helicopter flew around the area for several hours, and investigators used a thermal imaging drone, but the boy was not found.

There were no divers used in this investigation because the area received so much rain on Wednesday that high water and fast currents made conditions too dangerous in the creek.

The DNR is asking community members to stay clear of the water. 

This story will be updated. 

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