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Akron boy's body believed recovered from Mud Brook
Nic Shaffer had been missing after being swept away on Thursday

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
Akron firefighters have found the body of a 12-year-old boy who was swept away in rain-swollen Mud Brook Thursday.  WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
Akron boy's body believed recovered from Mud Brook

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Nicholas Shaffer was sitting with his mother on a retaining wall next to the brook in northeast Akron when he fell or jumped in.

His sister called for help, several people attempted to rescue Shaffer, who is autistic. But they had to get out before the brook merged with the Cuyahoga River.

Mud Brook is usually a small creek but was turned into a rushing waterway by last week's storm.

After three days of searching by dive teams, a body was found late Sunday morning that is believed to be Shaffer. His family had said the boy knew how to swim, though he didn’t really like to.

High water had complicated recovery efforts, which included foot searches and helicopters.
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