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Crews conduct second search for body of missing 2-year-old

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  • Crews plan second search for body of missing 2-year-old

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    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - On Saturday, members of the Spokane City/County Water Rescue Team will go to Whitman County to assist Sheriff Brett Myers with the search for the 2-year-old boy believed lost in Pine Creek. >>
    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - On Saturday, members of the Spokane City/County Water Rescue Team will go to Whitman County to assist Sheriff Brett Myers with the search for the 2-year-old boy believed lost in Pine Creek. The child has been missing two weeks and only a single shoe has been found to date. The search for 2-year-old Avery Blakely began Thursday, March 26 after police believe he wandered away from his yard while the family was in the process of moving and fell in a creek.>>

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - The search resumed Saturday for Avery Blakeley, the two-year-old boy presumed drowned in Pine Creek near the town of Malden.

Now that the water has receded about a foot and a half, the Spokane County Water Rescue Team went back to the area where Avery is believed to have fallen into the water to search for his body.

Spokane County Deputy Wade Nelson said the team of eight searched 150 yards east of the residence where Avery was first thought to be missing, and went approximately three miles west on Pine Creek from the residence.

Nelson said there are many obstacles to a search like this especially with the muddy river running so high.  He told our KHQ news crew the river is flowing at about 4 to 5 miles and hour.  He also said that the area is filled with lots of deep holes and snags.

Cadaver dogs searched three miles of the river from the residence and had a hit, meaning the smelled something but those areas were searched and nothing came up. 

Avery's grandfather Jeff Blakeley expressed how thankful he is to all the people who have been searching and hopefully Avery will soon be found so his family can have some closure.

Crews ended their search Saturday afternoon without finding anything.  Nelson says they will resume their search at a later date when the water recedes.

The first search for the boy began Thursday, March 26 after police believe he wandered away from his yard while the family was in the process of moving and fell in a creek.

Sheriff Brett Myers says a slipper found at Pine Creek matched the slippers the boy was wearing when he disappeared near the town of Malden.

The sheriff says more than 75 searchers looked for the boy but divers were unable to enter the creek that is murky and was running full.

A memorial service was held for Blakely on April 4 in the Rosalia High School gym.

The first search for the boy was called off Friday, March 27.

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