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OPD: Missing 6-year-old possibly fell in river near N.P. Dodge Park

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 8:57 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police on Tuesday evening were looking for a missing 6-year-old who may have fallen into the Missouri River near N.P. Dodge Park.

An Omaha Police Lieutenant said a call came in at 5:54 p.m. that a 6-year-old had gone missing. During the investigation, officers were told the child was playing near the water around that time and said it was a strong possibility that the child fell into the water.

People have searched on foot, in the woods, and around the water for the child, but the main focus was on the river. Initially reported to be wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts, the child was actually wearing a yellow shirt and maybe red shorts, according to other family members.

The Omaha and Council Bluffs fire departments and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deployed boats to search the water while an OPD helicopter was in the air searching the banks of the water.

As of Tuesday night, the child hadn’t been found, and police said they will continue the search as long as they can.

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