Update: Police searching for missing Affton boy have found a body in the Meramec river. No word yet on whether it is the body of Chris Marks.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Search crews are back out on the Meramec River Tuesday trying to find a 12-year-old Affton boy.
Chris Marks disappeared Sunday evening while he was at the river near Pacific with family members.
Investigators say the last time someone saw Marks he was on a rope swing above the river at the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area around 7:00pm Sunday. Moments later, we’re told he disappeared, likely into the water. Chris was last seen wearing blue gym shorts and no shirt. Monday night, Chris's family held a prayer service for him right around sunset.
Earlier Tuesday morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch met with Marks’ family members who have gathered at the scene. Fitch says this is still a search and rescue mission.
At the same time, Fitch tells us cadaver dogs are out on boats Tuesday and that was not the case during Monday’s search.
There has been a massive search effort for Marks since he disappeared and Tuesday is no different.
Besides county police, the Missouri Water Patrol is on the scene along with multiple search and rescue crews. Several fresh K9s have been called in as well. K9s have already tracked Chris’ scent to the river.
Fitch talked with us earlier about the challenges of searching the Meramec, “It’s extremely difficult. The divers said you basically can’t see your hand in front of your face in the water. That’s why we’re concerned that we have to check almost every foot of the water that we could possibly check because it’s just very difficult with the murkiness of the water.”
He added, “We feel very comfortable that we did a good search yesterday by air, by water and by ground. We’re going to do it all over again today. We remind ourselves all the time that if this was our 12 year old, what would we do for our own child?”
Fitch says a decision could be made Tuesday afternoon about whether to continue in search and rescue mode of shift to another approach.
Marks’ sister told us Chris did have a couple of sips of beer before he disappeared. But she did not believe that impaired him.
Whatever the case, authorities are just trying to find the 12 year old.
A $5,000 reward has been offered by an anonymous corporate donor for information leading to finding Chris Marks.
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