Search for 4-year-old boy swept away by water in Delphi creek shifts to recovery effort

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UPDATE (11:47 a.m., May 24)– Officials say this search has shifted to a recovery effort. The 4-year-old boy has been identified as Owen Jones. His family provided a photo.

Anyone with any information in this case is asked to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 564-2413.

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DELPHI, Ind. – A 4-year-old boy is missing after reportedly being swept away by the water of Delphi’s Deer Creek

First responders began searching for the child shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday after receiving a 911 call reporting the incident at Riley Park.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says a witness claims to have seen the boy playing near the creek before he began to struggle in the water and was swept away.

Owen Jones (Photo provided by his family)

Conservation officers used boats and sonar technology to search for the boy Thursday, but because of dangerous conditions, search efforts were suspended until daylight Friday.

“With the fast current and the debris floating down stream it’s just hazardous to continue the search effort by boat after dark,” said DNR Lt. Dan Dulin.

Officers on scene are urging the public to not venture near the water to assist with the search due to the dangerous elevated water levels and current brought on by the recent heavy rain.

“The family is extremely upset as we would expect and assume they are hoping and praying for the best they are asking for the communities support in this tragic accident,” said Dulin.

The missing child was last seen wearing a blue sleeveless shirt and blue shorts. Anyone with information regarding the boy’s whereabouts can call the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 564-2413.

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