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FD Police and Fire Still Searching for Individuals in the Des Moines River Cain Junkman, News
The two boys who reportedly fell into the Des Moines River, Thursday, are still missing.
Police say the witness stated he had seen two subjects on the south side of the Kenyon Rd. Bridge, on the east side of the Des Moines River, near the trailhead. He described the two as possibly white males in their teens. One was described as wearing an orange color shirt, while the second had on a red shirt. The witness indicated the subject wearing the red shirt was walking south of the trail head, but in the flood water while the second, in the orange shirt, followed several feet behind. The caller added that the male in the red shirt suddenly appeared to be swept under the water while the other in the orange was still in the water to the north.
According to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody, the witness and the other occupants of their vehicle turned their vehicle around to check on the males. By the time they could see the area again both males had disappeared. The caller immediately contacted the Webster County Communications Center to report the incident.
Upon arrival first responders began a search and rescue operation. Carmody said members of the Fort Dodge Fire Department deployed a rescue boat into the river. At the same time members of the Fort Dodge Police Department and the Webster County Sheriff’s Department began searching the nearby banks of the river and further downstream. The search was joined by staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Fort Dodge/Webster County Reserve Unit, and the Iowa State Patrol.
Six off-duty Fort Dodge firefighters were called in to work to help with the search and rescue.
The search ended for the night around 9:30pm, as crews said it was too dangerous to continue in the dark. Officials will continue searching Friday morning, early, both on land and in the air.
Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said, “At this time we have not received any reports of missing adults or juveniles who fit the descriptions given by the witnesses. Detectives continue to work on this investigation to confirm witness reports – including determining the identity of the two males and whether they safely escaped the flood water.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Dodge Police Department at (515) 573-1426.
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