Police and first responders are performing a water search for a six-year-old boy who was swept away while swimming in the river Thursday afternoon at Mill Race Park. Jet Quillen is spokesman for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He says that the child was playing with four family members when he went out too far in the water and was swept away. Quillen says several people are involved in the search.
Quillen adds that the boy was not wearing a life-jacket.
Mill Race Park has been closed. Authorities and park staff ask that you avoid the area, including the people trails, so they can continue the search uninterrupted. Quillen adds that while the search is currently focused in the downtown area, if people downstream see anything, they should call 911. The boy was last seen wearing Spiderman swimming trunks.
Authorities also ask that you don’t share unsubstantiated rumors about this incident on social media. There were rumors on some social media outlets that the boy had already been found.