Missing Arkansas boy’s shirts found along river

HARDY, Ark. (AP) — Carolyn Truex watched as a border collie sniffed a patch of weeds early Tuesday along a riverbank near the spot where her 4-year-old great-grandson was last seen a few days ago. She didn’t know whether to feel relief or despair when it turned up nothing.

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Divers search for a missing 4-year-old boy Monday at a Boy Scout camp near Hardy, Ark. More than 150 people turned out to search the Kia Kima Boy Scout Camp for Caleb Linn, who was last seen Saturday at the end of a bridge where he and several other children were clearing away storm debris, Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley said.

She and her family have been holding tightly to the hope the missing boy, Caleb Linn, took a wrong path. Or that he fell into the fast-moving stream but managed to pull himself out and survive alone in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas.

The alternative seemed too horrible to talk about, but when two cadaver-sniffing dogs focused on the same spot near the river where two of his shirts were found later in the day, it was impossible to ignore.

Authorities narrowed their focus to the water late Tuesday and called off the ground search for Caleb, who has been missing since Saturday. 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 since Monday to help in the search, and divers cleared debris and took underwater photographs beneath the bridge. The weather since Saturday has been dry and unusually warm for March, lending hope to Caleb’s chances of survival.

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