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Police: Body Identified as that of Kansas Boy Swept Away

Associated Press - June 8, 2016 1:06 pm

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Authorities say a body found in a Kansas creek has been identified as that of an 11-year-old boy swept away by high waters late last month.

Crews had been searching since May 27 when Devon Cooley went missing after he fell into fast-moving water from heavy rains. Authorities said the boy and some friends had been trying to cross a stretch of Gypsum Creek in Wichita when he fell.

Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said Wednesday that the coroner identified the body from dental records. Police said earlier that his body was found Saturday by a kayaker about a mile downstream from the general search area.

The family has said plans for a memorial service are pending.

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