What officials believe to be the body of a 12-year-old autistic Akron boy was recovered today from Mud Brook.
The recovery of the body of Nicholas Shaffer came at 11:21 a.m., according to a short statement from the Akron Fire Department.
Akron Fire Department Capt. Mark Ozionek thanked the efforts of the Akron and Cuyahoga Falls fire department water rescue teams and others that had searched three days for Shaffer, who was swept away on Thursday in Mud Brook creek in Akron’s Merriman Valley.
No further information was being released, the Akron Fire Department said.
Additional information will be released Monday in a follow-up statement, a spokesman said.
Nicholas, a student at Woodridge Intermediate School, fell or jumped into the normally calm stream that was raging with water from Thursday’s monster rainstorm.
He had been sitting with family and friends near the creek behind Timber Top apartments.
Three people who witnessed Nicholas going into the stream jumped into the creek in unsuccessful efforts to save the boy.
The creek is normally only about 1 foot deep. It empties into the Cuyahoga River west of Akron-Peninsula Road.