A Cook County Sheriff’s officer looks over a bridge spanning the Des Plaines River at 31st Street on May 17. | Bob Uphues/Wednesday Journal
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Since authorities resumed the search for Cameron Sanders on Tuesday, Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officers have situated themselves on bridges over the Des Plaines River.
Sanders, 16, of Villa Park, jumped into the Des Plaines River last Saturday and never resurfaced.
Authorities had canceled what was described as a “recovery mission” inexplicably on Monday before resuming their efforts the following day after community members volunteered to lead a recovery mission of their own.
Those volunteers included Oak Park teacher and activist Anthony Clark, who helped organize Monday’s effort, and Robert Larson, the good samaritan who gained local prominence in 2013 after finding the body of Bryeon Hunter, the Maywood 1-year-old who was beaten to death, and thrown into the river, by his mother and her boyfriend.
News that the search for Sanders had been called off also elicited a response from a state lawmaker, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), who expressed his disappointment with the cancellation.
As of Wednesday, Sheriff’s officers were spotted along several bridges spanning the river south of North Avenue, including one on Madison Street, between Maywood and River Forest, and one on 31st Street.
According to a Wednesday Journal report, “On May 16, the Cook County Sheriff announced that it had taken the lead for the search and posted officers at bridges south of where the incident occurred, since that is the direction of the river’s current.
The search, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office has included sonar boats, helicopters, search dogs and people searching along the river bank. The search will continue, the sheriff’s office indicated, until the teenager […] has been found.” VFP
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