A resident called Shelby County authorities around 10:30 a.m. to report they had found the body of the missing boy who was swept away in a creek Sunday afternoon around 5:50 p.m.
Rylan Ferguson, 6, had been playing with a friend outside with Nerf guns and a portion of the ground under him gave way and he fell into the creek, deputies said.
The parents of Ferguson positively identified him after authorities pulled him from the creek this morning.
Ferguson’s body was located about two miles from where he disappeared, deputies said.
Ferguson was a student at Fairlawn Elementary School.
UPDATE @ 12:26 p.m. (Feb. 26):
Shelby County authorities confirmed that the body of a missing 6-year-old boy has been found in a creek in the area of Knoop-Johnston Road.
UPDATE @5 a.m.
Teams will reconvene this morning at the Sidney Fire Department as they renew their search for a 6-year-old boy who was swept away in a creek.
Crews called off their search around 9 p.m. Sunday, citing the rough terrain and the strong current.
The boy is feared dead, and officials said the search is now considered a recovery operation.
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UPDATE @9:04 p.m.
Deputies said search efforts for a 6-year-old boy who fell into Mosquito Creek have been to no avail and is now considered a recovery.
Rescue crews will reconvene on scene in the morning to continue looking for the boy, who has not been identified.
Shelby County Sheriff Sgt. Aaron Steinke said the search entailed boats in the water and a helicopter using infrared to search for body heat. He said due to the rough terrain and the strong current, search crews are being called off for the night.
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Deputies will remain on scene through the night, and the road will remain closed. Other crews will return in the morning to continue the recovery effort.
The area was not under a flood warning from recent rains, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.
UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.
A 6-year-old boy fell into the Great Miami River this evening while he was playing with a friend along the riverbank, Shelby County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Steinke said.
Crews were called around 5:45 p.m. to the river behind the Pasco trailer park in the 5000 block of state Route 29. Rescuers have boats in the water, and have every bridge covered south from Sidney to the Miami County line, the sergeant said.
Joining search efforts will be a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which has night-vision equipment to help search from above.
The recent rains and swollen river poses a challenge to rescue personnel, Steinke said.
UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.
Additional rescue crews from area departments have been called to join the search along the banks for a young boy who may have been swept up in the swollen Great Miami River.
According to scanner traffic, the 6-year-old boy was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.
Rescuers were called this evening to a mobile home park for a possible water rescue in the Great Miami River involving a child in the village of Pasco east of Sidney.
According to initial reports, a 6-year-old boy was wading but had not been seen in awhile. It is not confirmed that the boy has come to any harm.
The trailer park was in the 5800 block of Ohio 29, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
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