AP: Search crew recovers body of missing boy

FULTON COUNTY, AR (KAIT & AP) – The Associated Press is reporting that the body of 4-year-old Caleb Linn has been found.

The family of Caleb, who had been missing since he traveled with his aunt to a cleanup day at an Arkansas Boy Scout camp, says search crews found his body at 10 a.m.

Police say they are awaiting the coroner's arrival so they can the remove the body from the scene. The investigation has officially been turned over to the Arkansas State Police.

Caleb Linn went missing Saturday near the South Fork of the Spring River in the Ozark foothills of northern Arkansas. Searchers in boats and on horseback, foot and four-wheelers scoured the valley for days before his uncle Chris Bruner announced Wednesday that the body had been found.

The South Fork was swollen after recent storms and authorities had feared the boy had somehow slipped into the water near the Kia Kima Scout Reservation.

Rescue workers and volunteers found Caleb's green and orange shirt Tuesday afternoon in the water near Kia Kima. It was located close to the initial cadaver dog "hit" made around noon Tuesday. The hit was about a quarter mile from the bridge where Caleb was last seen.

Police investigators are questioning the aunt of Caleb about the last time he was seen at Kia Kima located near Cherokee Village in Fulton County, and are trying to narrow down the timeline even more from the last time Caleb was seen by anyone. In addition, deputies are checking with known sex offenders in Fulton and Sharp County who live nearby.

Sheriff Foley said more than 300 authorities and volunteers from several counties in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri helped search for Caleb.

Arkansas State Police said Caleb was with a group of 11 children at the 900-acre Boy Scout Camp, working on a clean-up project at a bridge about a half-mile from the main campsite. Five children left the bridge Saturday morning to return to camp. Around 11:30 a.m., Caleb asked his aunt for permission to catch up with the others, and he hasn't been seen since.

The family of Caleb Linn said they appreciate the support of Region 8.

"Let the public know to keep praying. We're really wanting a miracle and (want) to thank all the volunteers for coming out," said Linn's great aunt Sherrie Stiles.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you the latest.

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