Body Found in Creek Near Where Boy Went Missing

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:20 PM EDT
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Philadelphia Police block off a road leading over the Pennypack Creek after a body was found on July 4, 2013.

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A Philadelphia teen is missing after he was dragged underwater by strong currents in Pennypack Creek Monday afternoon. Dive teams will return Tuesday morning to search for Brandon Boyle. NBC10’s George Spencer has the story.

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A body was found today downstream from where a teenager went missing while swimming in a creek.

A passerby saw the body in the Pennypack Creek near Holme and Winchester Avenues around 6:30 this morning, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.

It appeared the body had floated up after being stuck in the rocks.

As of 7 a.m., Philadelphia Police officers were seen blocking off Holme Avenue near the creek.

It isn't clear yet if the body is that of 13-year-old Brandon Boyle. That determination is pending a coroner's office examination.

The teen went missing while swimming with friends in the rain-swollen Northeast Philadelphia creek earlier this week. Boyle was swimming with his 11-year-old brother and their friends in the Pennypack Creek when he was swept away Monday afternoon. His brother was rescued after being found clinging to a ledge.

Police continued searching the area for Boyle on Tuesday and Wednesday, but saw no signs of him. His great-aunt, Judy Williams, said authorities were calling it a recovery effort, but that the family wasn't ready to call it that yet.

All available emergency service forces are working on the search effort, police said, including divers, police officers, and firefighters.

 


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