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Uncle: Search crews recover body of boy, 4, missing since cleanup day at Arkansas scout camp
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ' Searchers found the body of a 4-year-old boy Wednesday in a river at the northern Arkansas Boy Scout camp where he disappeared during the weekend, the boy's uncle said.
Chris Bruner told The Associated Press that the body of his nephew, Caleb Linn, was recovered from the South Fork of the Spring River in the Ozark foothills.
Caleb went missing Saturday at a Boy Scout camp near Hardy, Ark. Searchers in boats and on horseback, foot and four-wheelers scoured the valley for days before finding two shirts he had been wearing in the river on Tuesday afternoon. His body was found less than 24 hours later, Bruner said.
"As long as we have each other, it's OK," Bruner said Wednesday.
Authorities narrowed their focus to the water late Tuesday and called off the ground search for Caleb. He had tagged along with his aunt and several other children to help clear storm debris from a bridge at the 900-acre Kia Kima Boy Scout Camp, which his aunt was looking after while the regular caretaker was away.
When five of the children left to go back to the cabin area around lunchtime, Caleb asked if he could follow. His aunt told him he could, but that he had to stick to the road, Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley said. The last she saw of him before she turned around to resume her work, he said, was Caleb standing at the end of the bridge.
Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help in the search, and divers cleared debris and took underwater photographs beneath the bridge. Dry and unseasonably warm weather had lent hope to Caleb's chances of survival.
Caleb's parents, who have declined to be interviewed, had travelled from their home in Springdale, 150 miles west of Hardy, and were staying in one of the camp's cabins.
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