Search Continues for Boy in Kansas River

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

The recovery effort continues to find the body of nine-year-old Michael Zapletal, who was last seen in the Kansas river last Wednesday.

Rescuers have tried using sonar, different types of boats, helicopters, a dive team and a cadaver-blood hound... but still have not found him.

The Army Core of Engineers is actually going to be lowering the river level between six-and-12 inches.

It's a measure searchers looking for the body hope ends the search.

Rescuers hope lowering the Kansas River another six-to-12 inches will bring closure to the family -- and end their hunt for Michael Zeplatel's body.

But the search has already gone from a full-blown operation days ago, to just a single Wildlife and Parks boat in the water Monday.

Wildlife and Parks supervisor Rob Ladner says the reason they didn't lower the river earlier is because they thought they would find Zapletal earlier -- and says the search will continue.

Now, with other attempts failing, the positives of lowering the level outweigh the negatives, including having trouble getting boats in the water. Still, hope remains.

Rossville and Silver Lake Fire Departments were at Captain Anthony Cox's funeral Monday -- and may rejoin the search tomorrow.

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