Sheriff: body of 13-year-old missing in Chippewa Creek has been recovered

RITTMAN, Ohio -- Captain Doug Hunter of the Wayne County sheriff's office tells Fox 8 that the body of  the  13-year-old male who went missing while swimming in Rittman Sunday has been recovered.

The search for Gavin Griffith ended Monday afternoon when he was located near the dam in Chippewa Creek where he disappeared from Sunday.

The search Monday morning involved boats equipped with sonar from the Ohio Search and Rescue Team.

Hunter, of the Wayne County Sheriff's office, said Sunday that the teen was swimming near a low head dam in Chippewa Creek at around 2:45 p.m. with two others when he disappeared. Captain  Hunter noted that swimming near such a dam is always tough, because of the rough waters near those structures.The  situation was brought to light when a man on Milton  Road near State Route 57 flagged down passing motorists in order to get help.

An off-duty officer searched the creek in his kayak. Police say that air support was also called in.

First responders from Rittman police and fire, Wayne County sheriff, Wayne County dive team, Ohio Highway Patrol and the Summit County swift water rescue team were also on the scene.

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