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Body of missing Garretson boy found in Split Rock Creek

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A missing 9-year-old boy from Garretson has been found dead.

According to the Minnehaha Sheriff's Office, the body of Joey Cavallaro was found around 9:45 Saturday morning in Split Rock Creek.

 "He was down underneath in kind of a culvert type of an area. So certainly some place he shouldn't have been and it's not a typical search area," said Lynn DeYoung, Minnehaha County Emergency Management Director.

Searchers started looking for Cavallaro Friday night after he went missing Friday morning in the Split Rock Park area.

Volunteers focused their investigation on the boat ramp area. They searched until midnight, then began the search again Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

"The divers went into the water around 9:15 -- did a search of the area and we got the outcome we did not want. We did find the deceased body of the 9-year-old in the river. He had drowned," said Cpt. James Hoekman, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators think Cavallaro had been swimming with his friends earlier in the day, but he later went swimming again on his own.

"We had a dive team underneath the water. We had one above the water search team. We had people on both sides of the river," said DeYoung.

Jared Tommeraasen witnessed the search efforts. He says it was a sobering experience. 
"All of a sudden, they loaded the boats out and there's people all over the place and blocking off this here and then as night went on they had it all lit up. There were three boats out here. There was a guy in the water and another guy with a rope attached to him and there's a guy over there as just several people in the water and they were also using pulls to pretty much trudge the bottom," said Tommeraasen

"It's never fun to be part of a recovery but they also realize it's part of something that has to be done for the community and the family to move forward but also for the searches. The last thing the search and rescue person wants to do is be called to a search and not have an end or a find," said DeYoung.

DeYoung says this is tragic reminder to take precaution around rivers and creeks in the summer months.
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