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UPDATE: Crews find body of Madison Wallace at Falls Park

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Search crews have recovered the body of 16-year-old Madison Wallace, who jumped in the river at Falls Park in Sioux Falls to save her younger brother, who was believed to have fallen in. Crews are still working to find the body of another man who also jumped in to help save the boy.

At 2 pm, search crews started working in a confined area and set up a tarp. Shortly after, crews loaded a body onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.

They had been working since Thursday evening to recover Madison Wallace, 16, of Vermillion and Lyle Eagletail, 28, of Sioux Falls. The two jumped into the river in an effort to save Wallace's 6-year-old brother Garret. 


Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Sioux Falls Police gave another update around 10:30 a.m., Friday, for the search efforts at Falls Park.

Police say Garrett M. Wallace, 6, fell into the Falls around 6:00 p.m., Thursday. That's when Wallace's sister Madison, 16, went in after him along with a bystander Lyle Eagletail, 28.

Garrett Wallace is OK. His sister, Madison and bystander Eagletail are still unaccounted for. The Wallace siblings are from Vermillion. Eagletail is from Sioux Falls.

At 2:00 a.m., Friday, crews called the search a recovery effort.

SFFR Chief Jim Sideras says the next step is to allow specialized crews trained in swift water and cold water diving to search the area. They will also bring in more equipment to break up and remove the ice. It has been a challenge, they say, with the cold weather, ice and foam making it a difficult search.

As of Friday morning, the search runs from the Overlook Café bridge to about 300-500 feet down the river near Falls Park Drive. Sideras says Wallace and Eagletail went into the river near Overlook Café area and are believed to be somewhere between the bridge and dam. 

"Brave and noble thing for these people to not think of their own safety. It makes the operation more dangerous, more complex. If someone falls in, stay on the shore, make continued contact with that person, so crews can have a better handle on saving someone. We don't have that very often," Chief Sideras said. 

Sideras said these efforts could be another full day, or two-day, operation.

Stick with KSFY News as we learn more.

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