The body of a missing 6-year-old Ohio boy was found on Monday, Feb. 26, authorities confirmed.
The boy, identified as Rylan Ferguson, first went missing on Sunday afternoon in Shelby County, according to Dayton Daily News.
At the time, Ferguson was playing with a friend using Nerf guns when a part of the ground beneath him collapsed causing him to fall into the Great Miami River.
He was swept away by the creek at around 5:50 p.m, according to the newspaper.
It was Ferguson’s friend who was able to tell an adult what had happened. The adult then called 911.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the rescue operation soon turned into a recovery mission as time went by.
Sgt. Aaron Steinke said that first responders had boats in the water and an estimated 30 to 40 searchers. They had also used a helicopter with an infrared scanner.
“I just showed up here to just try to help this family, and that’s all it’s about,” Adrian Franklin, a Sidney resident told NBC. “I pray for them that they’re okay, and that God’s with them and that we’re here for them. If we can help them in any kind of way, we’re here.”
Chief Deputy Jame Frye told NBC4i that the body was discovered near a home on Knoop Johnson Road around 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
— Dayton Daily News (@daytondailynews) February 26, 2018
Deputies said the boy’s body was found about two miles from where he first went missing, according to Dayton Daily News.
Ferguson was a student at Fairlawn Elementary school.