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Search Suspended for Two Missing Children in Des Moines River

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Two chuodren were seen going into the Kenyon Road Bridge (Randy Schumacher/WHO-HD)

Two children were seen going into the river near the Kenyon Road Bridge (Randy Schumacher/WHO-HD)

FORT DODGE, Iowa – The search for two children thought to be missing in the Des Moines River has been suspended for the night.

A water rescue operation was launched shortly after 7 p.m. when a witness reported seeing a child go into the water near the Kenyon Road Bridge in Fort Dodge. A second child was seen following after.

The Fort Dodge Fire Department and the DNR both launched rescue boats on the river. A plane was also used in the search.

With the water levels dangerously high and the dark drawing in, the search was suspended at about 9:30 p.m.

At this time, no one has been confirmed as missing.

The search will resume Friday morning at 7:30 a.m.

Authorities are reminding people to stay clear of the dangerously high flood waters.



  • Captain Obvious

    I’m confused. No one has been reported missing, but two children supposedly went into the river? Can someone close to the situation please clarify or is this some kind of a prank? I realize it would need to be followed up with regardless.

    • Kamandak

      Two people have both stated they saw two children enter the river but yet no parent or guardian has reported their child missing. (Is what I am assuming)

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