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Brent York chats with Marathon County divers

Adams County Sheriff Brent York, center, speaks with members of the Marathon County Dive Team on Thursday morning at a Wisconsin Dells boat launch site. For the third day in a row, authorities searched the riverbed in hopes of recovering the body of a child who went missing in the river Tuesday night.

WISCONSIN DELLS — The Adams County Sheriff's Office identified the child missing in the Wisconsin River as Jamison Owen Dean Miller, 11, of Grand Marsh.

Grand Marsh is near Adams-Friendship and about 18 miles north of the Dells.

Efforts to recover the child's body since he was reported missing at 6 p.m. Tuesday have so far been unsuccessful. On Thursday, several different types of sonar equipment were used and divers again searched areas identified by the sonar equipment. Recovery efforts resumed this morning.

The child was last seen in the river near Chapel Gorge Trail, a few miles north of downtown Wisconsin Dells.

“It’s a tragedy for the family,” Adams County Sheriff Brent York said. “We’re doing everything we can ... to recover the child. It’s a difficult job to go in there and dive for a child. It’s something we need to do for the family.”

York said the Wisconsin River is very dangerous due to currents and floating debris such as logs and tree branches.

 

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