SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Crews recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy several days after he drowned in the Willamette River, officials confirmed.
Yamhill County sheriff’s deputies found Nehemiah Wilson’s body about 6 miles south of Dayton after someone spotted him from the shore. The boy’s family was also looking for him in that area and identified his body.
The 11-year-old had been swimming near a boat ramp at Wallace Marine Park in Salem when he went under the water Friday before 4 p.m.
Rescue crews spent several days looking for his body.
“Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Salem Police did an extensive search,” Yamhill County Operations Captain Chris Ray said in a press release. “These operations are very difficult, especially in powerful, high volume rivers such as the Willamette. Our hearts go out to Nehemiah’s family as they work through this loss.”
Wilson was not wearing a life jacket when he was swept away by the river’s current. He went under the water before other swimmers could reach him.
Loved ones created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his memorial.
KOIN 6 News will have more information as it becomes available.