Investigators in Delphi continue their recovery search for four year old

Recovery efforts have resumed as of this morning for four-year-old boy Owen Jones who police said was swept away in a creek in Delphi.

Posted: May 24, 2019 6:48 PM
Updated: May 25, 2019 9:18 AM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI)— The search for Owen Jones, 4, is still underway Saturday morning. According to Lieutenant Dan Dulin with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the water level has fallen a couple of inches overnight. 

The Tippecanoe County Sherriff's Department has its drone in the air searching areas along the creek. Conservation Officers are using a small Jon boat and an airboat on the water searching the Deer Creek area.

According to Lt. Dulin, utilizing the lights on the airboat, DNR Conservation Officers were able to search along areas in Deer Creek until about midnight Saturday morning.

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Rescuers at Deer Creek in Delphi are continuing their recovery search for four-year-old Owen Jones.

He was last seen being swept downstream at Riley Park in Delphi yesterday.

“We’ll be on the creek whether it’s by foot or small boat or kayak,” said Dan Dulin with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “We’re going to continue working until we get to a resolution.”

That’s what investigators are saying as they continue their recovery search for four-year-old Owen Jones.

"The last time you were out on our area waterways was last August,” said Dulin. “And the water levels were recreational levels were you could go out and have a good time.”

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for Jones. According to investigators the 911 center in Carroll County received a call of an emergency in Deer Creek at Riley Park.

"It wouldn’t be uncommon to find people wading or swimming in the water here,” said Dulin. “I feel like it’s probably just the kids misunderstood or just didn’t realize how the conditions today or yesterday were different than what they saw the last time.”

Friends and family with Jones tried to follow him downstream as much as they could. Because of high waters from the recent rain and strong current he was swept away.

"Any added rain is going to complicate the issue a little bit,” said Dulin. “We’ve gone down probably about a foot since yesterday.”

People in the community have come together in order to comfort family members through this difficult time.

"More than anybody else they’re looking for a quick resolution,” said Dulin. “They understand the situation that we have.”

This story has been updated

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