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Missing Oswego man found in Neosho River

Updated July 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM CST:  Authorities say they have found a missing Oswego man who fell into the Neosho River on Tuesday.

A Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter found the body about a mile south of Oswego in the river.  Emergency responders then recovered the body.

Authorities have identified the man as Blake A. Chavez, 24 of Oswego.

An autopsy is scheduled this week.


Updated July 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM CST:  One Oswego, Kansas man is lucky to be alive after falling into the Neosho River, but crews continue to search for another.

Crews from Labette County continued their search Tuesday at the Neosho River for a 24 year old who fell into the water.

"We found that actually several individuals had been swimming and fishing at the location, which is a low water dam in the area," says Labette County Sheriff Robert Sims.

The dam sits just below Riverside Park in Oswego and is a popular attraction for people in the area.

The Labette County Sheriff's Office says that rivers like the Neosho River seem safe, but they are much more dangerous than they appear.

"They can really be deceiving," says Sheriff Sims.  "Though the depth of the water aren't necessarily a problem, but the water current around here is very swift."

The search called upon foot, vehicle, helicopter and boat teams to assist.

But the sheriff's office hopes this incident will be a wake up call to some.

"I just like people to always keep in mind, Kansas, a lot of these what we call low water dams and they really are dangerous," says Sheriff Sims.  "Fishing in them is very common in the area but they really need to take that into regard and be safe and keep a safe distance from them."

At least half a dozen county and state crews assisted in the search.

The rescued 27 year old was treated at the scene, then taken to Labette Hospital.  There is no word on his condition.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Authorities have not released the name of the missing man.



On July 1, 2013 at 21:41 hours, 911 Dispatch received a report of two individuals having fallen into the Neosho River, north of Oswego. One individual was able to swim to safety; the other was not. Oswego Police Department, Labette County Sheriff Department, Oswego Fire Department, and EMS responded to the location.

Officers learned that several individuals had been fishing and swimming in the Neosho River, when two of the individuals found themselves in swift current, next to a dam. One individual, a man - 27 years of age/ Oswego resident, managed to swim to safety; the other individual, a man - 24 years of age/ Oswego resident, was not able to swim to safety. 

Throughout the night, a search of the area was conducted by foot, vehicle, and boat. Upon daybreak, additional resources were provided by KHP (Helicopter), Wildlife & Parks, Parsons Fire Water Rescue, and Labette EMS. 

At this time, the individual has not been located and the search efforts continue. The incident remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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