Search For Boy Presumed Drowned In River To Resume Wed.

Posted On September 03, 2014

Bryan Nolasco Morales

(Whitewater Township, Oh.) – After a difficult Tuesday attempting to locate a boy’s body, search crews will return to the Great Miami River Wednesday.

Eight-year-old Bryan Nolasco Morales was with his family fishing on the river near the confluence of the Whitewater River on Monday afternoon when he fell into the water and was swept away.

Authorities say that the boy is presumed drowned.

Efforts to recover Morales’ body were made difficult on Tuesday because of the rainy weather and rising, swirling water on the Great Miami River. Four searchers had to swim to shore after their boat carrying dive equipment capsized. Only some of the equipment was recovered.

The search is expected to resume Wednesday morning, with the assistance of sonar to locate Morales’ body.

After the initial report on Monday, more than 70 people joined in the search by boat, foot, ATV, and helicopter, but could not locate Morales. Agencies assisting in the search have included Whitewater Township, Harrison, and Cleves fire departments, Texas EquuSearch, as well as water rescue crews from Dearborn, Hamilton, and Clermont counties.