KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The search for a missing 13-year-old boy who went missing Thursday in fast-moving water at Clinton Lake has been called off for the night.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to Outlet Park at Clinton Lake, which is located southwest of Lawrence, before 7 p.m.
We’re currently on scene of a water rescue at Clinton Spillway. PIOs are in route to the scene. Media can stage at Sesquicentennial Park.— Douglas Co. Sheriff (@DGSOSheriff) July 18, 2019
A teenager from Lawrence went missing in the water at the spillway, according to the sheriff’s office.
Law enforcement are currently searching for a 13-year-old male who is missing in the water near the Clinton Outlet. The juvenile is a Lawrence resident. We will update as we have more information.— Douglas Co. Sheriff (@DGSOSheriff) July 19, 2019
“Clinton Lake has been in the process of releasing a lot of water,” Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kristen Channel said. “It was moving very rapidly at the time that he did go into the water. Currently, we have turned off the water to the outlet to lower the water level to make searching a little easier, and it won’t be turned back on until we’re able to find him.”
Rescue crews called off the search for the night around 9:30 p.m. and announced plans to resume looking for the boy at sunrise.
The search for the 13-year-old has been suspended for the night. Law enforcement will resume searching for him first thing in the morning. We will update tomorrow when we have further information.— Douglas Co. Sheriff (@DGSOSheriff) July 19, 2019
“The area is a recreational area, but it’s not an area common for people to be in the water,” Channel said.