4-year-old missing from fishing trip People living by rivers asked to check
DENISE D. TUCKER firstname.lastname@example.org Published: 05/24/05
A 4-year-old rural Alton, Iowa, boy is still missing after apparently falling into a creek Sunday while fishing with family members.
Breiton Ackerman, who lives on a farm between Alton and Granville, Iowa, was on a small cement bridge before he presumably fell into Willow Creek sometime between 3 and 4 p.m., according to Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena.
“Nobody saw him go in,” Altena said. “There was a lot of activity on the bridge. We don’t know what happened.”
Breiton is the son of Brad and Beth Ackerman. He was wearing a green tank top shirt and denim shorts Sunday.
The incident occurred about two miles east and one mile south of Alton. Willow Creek flows into the Floyd River north of Le Mars, Iowa, which connects with the Missouri River near Sioux City, Iowa.
Alton is 53 miles southeast of Sioux Falls.
A call was placed to the sheriff’s office in Orange City, Iowa, at about 4 p.m. Sunday.
A search began immediately, with rescuers installing a fence seven miles downstream as well as dams.
Rescuers watched the site throughout the night.
Altena said the creek was about 4- to 6-feet deep where Ackerman is thought to have fallen in.
On Monday, 300 to 400 volunteers showed up to assist in the search, which resumed at 7 a.m.
The party included three dogs and four members of the Codington County search and rescue team in Watertown, along with the Okoboji-Arnold’s Park, Iowa, search and rescue team, which brought underwater-rescue equipment.
Volunteers came from several fire and ambulance departments, some walking the creek bed and banks during the daylight search.
Heavy equipment was employed to dig up the area where the incident occurred to allow volunteers to sift through the debris.
Three dams built upstream were intended to stop the flow of water, Altena said.
Jamie Glasser, an employee of the Double “D” Bar in Alton, said the atmosphere in town was “real mellow.”
She was hoping to help with the search after her shift.
“I have nieces and nephews, and any family that has to go through that, it’s real tough,” she said. “The more people (to help), the better.”
Altena said early Monday evening that today’s search plans hadn’t been decided yet.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone living along the rivers to check the area for any sign of the child.
Call local authorities or the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-3307 or 712-737-2280 with any information.
Sioux Falls Argus Leader – Sioux Falls,SD,USA