9:31 p.m. BUTLER TWP. — The search has been suspended for a Columbus boy who went under the waters of the Kokosing River Tuesday afternoon.
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer reported that the search for the boy, who is 15, will resume tomorrow morning.
Shaffer, writing in a press release, said the boy had been swimming in the river in the area of Honey Run Park with two other teens and an adult at approximately 3:28 p.m. Shaffer gave no further details on how the boy got into trouble in the water.
Divers and boats from Eastern Knox County Fire District, Fredericktown EMS and Coshocton County searched for “nearly five hours” before suspending the search, Shaffer writes.
Initial dispatch reports for the incident reported that a 13-year-old girl was the subject of the search. It was later confirmed that the subject was a boy.
The incident occurred in close proximity to where Mark Booth, 40, Mount Vernon drowned while tubing on the river Thursday. Booth’s body was discovered Friday.
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Press release Knox County Sheriff’s Office
At approximately 3:28 pm deputies responded to the area of Honey Run Park near Millwood on a call of a missing teenager that had been swimming in the Kokosing River. The 15 year old boy from Columbus had been in the area with 2 other teens and an adult when the incident occurred. Boat crews and divers from Eastern Knox County Fire District, Fredericktown Fire Department, and Coshocton County searched the area for nearly five hours before suspending the search for the night. The search is scheduled to resume on Wednesday morning.
6:09 p.m.Rescue teams are searching for a 15-year-old boy in the Kokosing River.
Initial reports indicated rescuers were looking for a 13-year-old girl. Bailey Reed, Knox County 9-1-1 Operations Assistant, reported via an email to the News, rescuers are looking for a teenage boy.
Police, rescue units and divers were called out for a person in the Kokosing River off Hazel Dell Road in Butler Township at approximately 3:28 p.m. 911 dispatchers quickly sent out additional calls for manpower after the initial page.
The incident has occurred in the same area as the drowning of a Mount Vernon man on Friday.
The News will update this story as it develops.