FORT DODGE, Iowa — Fort Dodge law enforcement officials have suspended the search for two teens witnesses say were swept away by flood waters in Fort Dodge.
Officials say they believe the witnesses’ report is credible and even re-interviewed them, but police still haven’t received any report of missing juveniles or adults in the area and don’t know who the teens could be.
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“So if it was a young teenager, a boy, an adolescent…we think a parent or guardian would have called us by now,” says Fire Chief Kent Hulett.
The report came in around 7:00 p.m. Thursday from a witness who says he saw two male teens walking in the water on the south side of the Kenyon Road Bridge at the Des Moines River. The witness says he saw one of the teens appeared to have been swept under the water. The witness and his friends turned their vehicle around to check on the teens, but when they got back to the area neither teen was visible. That’s when they contacted authorities.
Boat and shoreline searches were begun immediately and a volunteer even used his private plane to search from the air. The search was suspended around 9:30 p.m. because of the dark, but resumed Friday morning.
Officials stopped searching around 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Hulett says if the teens were able to get out of the water, they should contact authorities just to let them know they are safe and give people peace of mind.