Search called off in South Salt Lake after report of child in Jordan River

Posted at 8:25 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 08:59:07-04

Update 11 pm: Unified Police said the search has been permanently called off, after crews thoroughly scoured the Jordan River from 4000 South to 2100 South without any sign of a child. Lieutenant Brian Lohrke said they had no other information come in about a missing child.

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah -- Emergency units including a swift-water rescue team are responding to the Jordan River in South Salt Lake after a truck driver reported seeing a body in the water.

Dispatch confirms that police and fire units are responding to the area of 3900 South and the Jordan River Parkway Trail.

Lt. Brian Lorhke of the Unified Police Department said the call came in around 8 p.m. after a semi-truck driver who was eastbound on 4000 South thought he saw a body in the Jordan River.

The man said it appeared to be a 1 or 2-year-old boy with blond hair and wearing a red shirt.

Police and fire personnel from several agencies responded along with a swift water rescue team.  Searchers are using personnel in the water as well as dogs to assist their efforts.

So far there is only one witness who has reported seeing the body, and at this time police are not aware of any children who are missing in the area.

Teams are taking their search further north of 4000 South due to the current in the river.

One lane of westbound 3900 South is closed due to the emergency vehicles in the area.