SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Police recovered the body of a missing boy from Buck Creek in Springfield Monday afternoon.
Clark County coroner’s investigator Mike Haytas said the boy has been identified as Collin Jenkins, 9, of Springfield.
Haytas said the boy appears to have drowned, but an autopsy was to be performed Tuesday.
Investigators told 2 NEWS the boy and three other children were sliding down a dam into the arms of a man who was waiting to catch them at the bottom.
They said one child slid down and was with the adult when a second child slid down, making all three slip into the water. The adult and one child made it safely to shore. Jenkins did not resurface.
That was around 2:15 p.m. and police and fire crews conducted their search in some rapids behind Carleton Davidson Stadium on Mitchell Avenue. About two hours later Jenkins’ body was located.
Springfield Fire Capt. Pat Casey said Jenkins did not know how to swim, and regardless, no one should be in the water at that location.
“The low-head dams are an extreme hazard for life safety and the fact that if you get caught up in the undertow of that, it will not let you out,” Casey explained. ” And unfortunately that’s what happened to this 9-year-old boy who got caught up in the undertow and was not able to get out.”
“No swimming” signs are posted in the area.
Casey said there have been two to three drownings in the same area in the past.
Jenkins was a student at Snyder Park Elementary School.
2 NEWS has learned that grief counselors will be at the Springfield school’s convocation Tuesday, and will be at Snyder Park on Wednesday when school starts for the new year.