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Rescue crews locate Eldon teen after he fell into culvert Friday night

Rain waters swept him into a drainage system

Rescue crews found the body of 17-year-old teenager Saturday morning about one mile from where he fell into a culvert and was swept into a drainage system Friday evening as severe thunderstorms hit the Eldon area.

According to a news release issued by the Eldon Police Department, the Eldon Fire Department received a call a young man had apparently fell into a culvert located on Fifth Street and went into a drainage system Friday night. Upon arrival, fire department units and police officers found Donald Parker allegedly did get swept down the drainage system. Rescue crews launched an immediate search. Two divers from Lake Ozark Fire entered the drainage area downstream and worked their way into the system as crews sent cameras down the end where the individual went in, the news release stated.

Crews worked until approximately midnight. Due to extreme conditions of the creek and weather conditions suspended the search until 8 a.m. Saturday morning. At approximately 9:50 a.m., rescue crews found Parker, according to the news release.

The following agencies were involved in the search: Eldon City Fire and Police, Eldon City Public Works, Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, Moreau Fire Department, Mid-County Fire Protection District, Miller County Sheriff’s Department, Camdenton Public Works, Miller County Ambulance, Boone County Search and Rescue, City of Eldon, Miller County Emergency Ambulance and Missouri State Highway Patrol. The following businesses also assisted and supported the search: Bishops Auto Glass, Uptons Collision and Repair and S&S Auto.

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