Boy’s Body Pulled From Great Miami River

Posted On September 04, 2014

By Mike Perleberg


Water rescue teams and other emergency personnel were stationed on the U.S. 50 Bridge over the Whitewater River during the search for Bryan Morales. Photo by Mike Perleberg.



Bryan Nolasco Morales

(Whitewater Township, Oh.) – An emotional search on the Great Miami River came to an end Wednesday.

Crews had been trying to recover the body of eight-year-old Bryan Nolasco Morales for the past three days. The child had fallen into the water while fishing with his family near the confluence of the Great Miami and Whitewater rivers on Monday.

Aside from a late-lifting fog that kept searchers on standby until around 11:00 a.m., weather cooperated with recovery efforts Wednesday. Sometime after 4:00 p.m., Morales’ body was recovered from the river water less than a mile downstream from where he went in.

While it is believed Morales drowned, an autopsy this week will determine an official cause of death.

More than 70 search personnel from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky joined in the search. The search included divers, cadaver dogs, a helicopter, and water rescue crews.

According to WCPO-TV, Morales was a third grade student at Glen O. Swing Elementary School in Covington, Kentucky.


Boone County Water Rescue was among those assisting in the search for the eight-year-old boy in the Great Miami River. Photo by Mike Perleberg.


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