BEARDSTOWN, Ill. (WGEM) — The body of a second boy reported missing in the Illinois River near Beardstown, Illinois, has been recovered.
Cass County officials reported they found the body around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in shallow water on the Cass County side of the river — almost within eyesight of the sandbar where both boys were last seen.
The boys had reportedly been wading in shallow water near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad bridge and apparently ventured out too far when they were caught up in the current and disappeared.
The body of the other missing boy was discovered at about 9:30 a.m. Friday near the bridge also not far from where the two boys were last seen.
The Cass County death examiner identified the boys as brothers on Tuesday as 15-year-old Briston M. Dunmire and 12-year-old Jorden L. Dunmire.
“Words can simply not express the sadness our community feels at the loss of these two young people, and our most sincere sympathies are extended to the members of their families,” Beardstown Fire/Rescue Chief Brian Becker said.
County officials said more than eight emergency response agencies from throughout the Illinois River Valley took part in the day-and-a-half search effort, with some agencies coming from as far as the Quad Cities and Wisconsin.
“Again, on behalf of Beardstown Fire/Rescue, I thank anyone and everyone who helped or offered assistance during this tragic time for our community," Becker said. "People can fault Beardstown for a lot of things, but they can’t fault the compassion and the heart of this community. The support people have shown for this department and the volunteers who’ve served here these last few days has been remarkable.”