Eldon teenager drowns after falling into drainage system

Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 5:38 p.m. CDT; updated 5:53 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 1, 2013

ELDON — Search and rescue efforts to save a teenage male were suspended after his body was located Saturday morning in Eldon.

Donald Parker, 17, of Eldon, fell into a culvert and was swept into a drainage system Friday evening, according to a press release from the Eldon Police Department.

Eldon is in Miller County approximately 30 miles southwest of Jefferson City.

Divers entered the drainage system Friday night, but rescue crews suspended the search to locate Parker around midnight because of the creek's "extreme condition" and the weather, according to the news release. Search efforts resumed around 8 a.m. Saturday, and Parker's body was found around 9:50 a.m. downstream about a mile from where he initially entered the culvert.

The Boone County Fire Protection District was consulted by an emergency service in Eldon about camera equipment that could be used to assist in the rescue efforts, Fire District Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.

According to a news release from Gov. Jay Nixon's office, authorities have confirmed three deaths from high water; those occurred in Lawrence, Miller and Reynolds counties. Over the past 36 hours, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, local law enforcement and other first responders have responded to numerous calls throughout Missouri because of flooded roadways and rivers and have assisted in several rescues.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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