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Body of missing 11-year-old boy recovered from the Willamette River

Photo of Nehemiah Wilson alongside the search scene on the Willamette River.jpg
Photo of Nehemiah Wilson alongside the search scene on the Willamette River.

The body of a 11-year-old boy who was last seen swimming in the Willamette River last week has been recovered, according to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.

Nehemiah Wilson, 11, disappeared into the water Friday afternoon at Wallace Marine Park. Salem Fire officials at the scene said the boy was not wearing a life jacket.

Yamhill County deputies said a citizen spotted the boy’s body in the Willamette River at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. He was located about six miles south of Dayton.

The sheriff’s office sent its marine patrol to recover the boy’s body. They did so at about 7 p.m.

Deputies said the boy's family was also searching in the area in personal boats and canoes at the same time and was told about the recovery mission. The family made a positive identification at the Wheatland Ferry boat launch.

"The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police did an extensive search at the time of disappearance." said Yamhill County Operations Captain Chris Ray. "These operations are very difficult, especially in powerful, high volume rivers such as the Willamette. Our hearts go out to Nehemiah's family as they work through this loss."