Search for 6-year-old Columbus boy suspended for a second night

Second night of search for 6-year-old Columbus boy suspended
Updated: Jun. 15, 2018 at 11:01 PM EDT
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Six-year-old Brendan Sperry was last seen playing in the river on Thursday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Six-year-old Brendan Sperry was last seen playing in the river on Thursday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

COLUMBUS, IN (WAVE) - Rescue crews continued to search the Flat Rock River in Columbus for a missing 6-year-old boy on Friday.

The child's family went out for a day at the park that turned tragic on Thursday afternoon.

Crews have been searching ever since.

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The river that cuts through Columbus is deceptive. The water appears calm, but a strong current swept Brendan Sperry away from his family.

"He is six-years-old, loves football more than anything and he is just a good kid," Brendan's grandfather James Humphrey said.

Humphrey said at this point the family is not expecting a lot, but officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said they will not give up.

"We have not been able to find him, but there is always the off-chance he could have been swept downstream," DNR Officer Mark Baker said. "We just don't know. We will keep looking unit we know those answers."

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Officer Baker said the area where Brendan was last playing is an area where two different currents meet. This makes the search even more difficult.

"He took a step too far got caught in the current and got swept under," Baker said. "There was no negligence found on the part of the parents or guardians. It is just a very tragic accident."

While the family waits they are holding onto their memories.

"He is one of those kids you have to chase around a little bit, but in the last few months he has mellowed out and he is just a really good kid."

The DNR says the search will continue tomorrow on Saturday morning. There are six different agencies searching for Brendan.

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