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Body of Missing Springdale Boy Found

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

4:45 P.M. - At a press conference, Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley says that divers found two shirts - one an undershirt and one an orange jersey - both of which were found inside-out, and have been identified as Caleb's. The search will be called off at dark and will resume in the morning, focused on an area downriver from where the shirts were found.

3:00 p.m. - At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, all crews are moved to the river to continue the search.

11:00 a.m. - Boy's aunt given polygraph test at Fulton County Sheriff's Department.

10:45 a.m. - Dive crews locate personal items, including boy's shirt, in debris pile 1/4 mile south of where he was last seen.

As of press time on March 27, numerous law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and volunteers continued the search for a young boy who has been missing since March 24, near Boy Scout Camp Kia Kima in rural Cherokee Village.

Four-year-old Caleb Linn of Springdale was reported missing March 24 around 1:20 p.m., after he did not return from a clean up project on a bridge approximately a half mile from the camp.

Linn was among a group of 11 children who came to the area to work on a clean up project along the bridge.

On Saturday, law enforcement, fire departments and volunteers responded and began a search, using search dogs, horseback, ATVs, aircraft and divers to try to find the boy.

Over 70 people concentrated on a 900 acres area around the Boy Scout Camp to no avail.

Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley explained Linn was with his aunt and several other children cleaning debris from a bridge near the camp, located on the South Fork of the Spring River, when he went missing.

Reports indicate the child was last seen by his aunt around 11:30 a.m. as she watched him walk up the road to join other children who had started walking to the cabin where they were staying.

It was not until later that she realized he did not make it back to the cabin.

Foley said about 100 people, including Boy Scouts, showed up Sunday to resume the search, and approximately 300 returned Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Helicopters provided by the Arkansas State Police and Baxter County Sheriff's Department were used in the search late Saturday and into Sunday. The helicopters have infrared thermal detecting technology that locates subjects through body heat.

A cadaver dog seemed to indicate a hit on Monday evening, but a follow-up dog gave mixed signals at the same site Tuesday morning. Law enforcement officials were also checking on registered sex offenders in the area on Tuesday.

According to the Arkansas State Police, Linn is three feet, six inches tall and weighs about 41 pounds, with short brown hair that is longer in the middle.

He was wearing an orange baseball type shirt with green sleeves, a short sleeve orange shirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information or sees a child fitting this description is asked to contact the Fulton County Sheriff's Department at 870-895-2601.

Watch for updates on the search effort online at www.areawidenews.com

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