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Search goes back to dig out banks

Friday, May 27, 2005

he search for a four-year-old boy will go back to where he is believed to have fallen into Willow Creek southeast of Alton.

Breiton Ackerman, 4, the son of Brad and Beth Ackerman, 4420 440th St., Alton, is presumed to have fallen from a field bridge as family members were fishing Sunday, May 22.

A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. today (Friday) in Orange City. The search was suspended Thursday as the family held visitation services at Calvary Christian Reformed Church.

Although the search was suspended on its fifth day, volunteers continued to walk in the creek, along the banks of the creek and to check the fencing that was placed across the creek in multiple places.

Another intense search will begin Friday. Search dogs from Codington County, S.D., and from the Iowa Search and Rescue will be brought back to search the area where the incident occurred Sunday afternoon.

People are asked to stay away from the site including the creek running south to Sioux County Road L-14 to provide the best conditions for the search dogs, according to a press release from the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.

After the dogs have searched the area, excavating equipment will dig out the banks on both sides of the creek. Rescue authorities will search the ground as it is dug up and spread out.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office continues to ask for assistance from anyone who lives along Willow Creek and the Floyd River to check the area for any sign of the missing child. If any sign is found, the volunteer should contact local law enforcement authorities or the Sioux County Sheriff's Office at (712)737-3307 or (712)737-2280.

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