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Crews divert Weber River in search for body of boy

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Posted at 2:56 PM, May 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-04 13:24:46-04

OGDEN -- To find the body of missing 4-year-old Corbin Anderson, searchers have begun diverting a portion of the Weber River.

A backhoe is digging a channel to divert the water at the Ogden Kayak Park, where the boy fell into the water six days ago. Another backhoe was moving rocks out of the way underneath a bridge. Crews tell FOX 13 they plan to place jersey barricades in the water to divert some of the river's flow in an effort to help divers find Corbin's body.

"We're making a great effort to do everything we can do get in there and find this boy," said Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Brandon Toll.

Searchers believe Corbin is still near the rock where he fell into the river on Saturday, when he was with his family who were taking pictures. A hydrologist brought in has given them new places to look, including a series of pools downstream. The water is still too high and too fast for divers to effectively search, hence the diversion.

Weber County Sheriff's deputies told FOX 13 they plan to reduce the flow of water out of Echo Reservoir, giving divers another chance to look for Corbin on Saturday.

"We want closure just as bad as the family does," said Toll. "We feel it's important to take every step necessary to finish what we've come here to do."

Bystanders gathered on a bridge to watch crews from E.K. Bailey work, who had donated their equipment and manpower to the effort. Many clutched their children as they watched the recovery efforts.

Natasha Shroeder and her friend, Liz Waltrip, were organizing a candlelight vigil on Saturday night to show support for the Anderson family. More information on that can be found here.