The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 24, 2013

Updated: Search and recovery ongoing for 17-year-old missing in creek

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

KINGFISHER — Emergency responders here are asking the public to remain away from Oklahoma Park and the Swinging Bridge as the search and recovery continues for a 17-year-old boy who went missing in the creek Thursday night.

The search for the local student began Thursday evening after the boy was seen going under the water of Uncle John Creek but not resurfacing.

“Please remain away from the areas so that rescue equipment can get in and out and the efforts won’t be hampered,” states a post on the Kingfisher Police Department Facebook page. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family during this difficult time.”

Kingfisher Police Chief Dennis Baker said a helicopter search of the creek was conducted this morning and search dogs had been at the scene but nothing had been found. He said a search team from Edmond was expected to join in the search this afternoon.

Authorities received a call about 7:25 p.m. reporting several kids jumping from the dam on the creek below the swinging bridge. The 17-year-old had jumped and went under and that was the last that was seen of him, Baker said.

The chief said the name of the boy was not being released, pending notification of his family.

Recent heavy rainfall has caused the creek to swell. Similar conditions were seen in 2007 when rescuers searched the creek for a missing 15-year-old boy.

The body of Jesse Taylor was recovered following a three-day search by firefighters, emergency personnel and volunteers. Taylor had been jumping from a suspension bridge that crossed the creek.