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Crews recover body of missing 4-year-old

The search for 4-year old Caleb Linn ends in heartbreak. Searchers found the boy’s body this morning in the water not far from where a family relative last saw him Saturday
FULTON COUNTY, AR - The search for 4-year old Caleb Linn ends in heartbreak. Searchers found the boy’s body this morning in the water not far from where a family relative last saw him Saturday.

Exhausted rescue teams, heart broken relatives and the realization that 4-year old Caleb Linn is gone.

Caleb's aunt Sherrie Stiles told FOX16 News the family's hopes of finding him alive began faltering late Tuesday when the ground search stopped and attention turned to the South Fork River.

"My instinct told me he was probably in there. When they found his shirts that pretty much closed that hope,” Stiles says. “We were very just determined to find him today. Caleb is in a far better place right now and it's hard to wrap our minds around that because we want to watch him grow up.”

Fulton County sheriff Buck Foley says Caleb was last seen on a low water bridge crossing over the South Fork of the Spring River on Saturday afternoon.

"Everybody is glad we brought it to a closure. It's not the end that we wanted but at least we brought it to the family," Foley says.

The current remained rapid on Wednesday on the South Fork of the Spring River.  Foley says the water flow was even higher over the weekend and that it is unlikely an adult would have survived falling in the water.

Stiles said on Wednesday that Caleb's 2-year old brother told relatives he saw his brother fall into the water on Saturday.

At the peak of the search over 1000 volunteers scoured the area around the Kia Kima scout camp.

"All the people on foot, some of them have blisters. Everyone has worked really hard and dedicated their time," Stiles says.

All of them dedicated to finding Caleb alive, devastated the search didn't end that way.

Sheriff Foley reminds parents and caregivers never to leave children alone near water and to have them equipped with a life jacket.
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