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Multiple agencies come together to search for kids reported missing

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Around 11:30 this morning, there were reports of kids in the water along Flat Fork Creek that runs toward Fort Jennings in Delphos. Around 11:30 this morning, there were reports of kids in the water along Flat Fork Creek that runs toward Fort Jennings in Delphos.
The search was suspended at 3 p.m. and thankfully no one was injured. The search was suspended at 3 p.m. and thankfully no one was injured.

Tense moments in Delphos late Tuesday morning and afternoon after three kids were reported missing after playing alongside a creek.

Around 11:30 this morning, there were reports of kids in the water along Flat Fork Creek that runs toward Fort Jennings in Delphos. Delphos Fire officials arrived at scene and three kids were removed from the creek, but those three kids were saying at least three other kids were also playing along the creek, but no one was sure if the youngsters left the area or fell into the water.

"The police department had to do a little bit of investigation this afternoon. So throughout some conversations with the kids we're finally able to deduce that if there were some other kids down there, they were able to get out and we're not exactly sure what happened to them, but all individuals have been accounted for. We're sure no one is out there so the search was called of," explained Delphos Safety Services Director, Shane Coleman.

Because there was no knowledge whether or not there were actually kids in the creek, it was then when the search began. Multiple agencies from local and state level were called out to help in the search for these alleged missing kids.

"Delphos Fire Department, our city maintenance workers, an array of city employees were here, as well as Allen County EMA, Van Wert County EMA was en route, so yeah we had a pretty good contingent of folks here trying to see what we could figure out." 

The City of Delphos called for back up from neighboring counties to help in the search.

"We were called requested by Delphos, I'm sure they have more you know people out helping besides us. Fort Jennings is here, I believe Ottoville Fire Department is in the area doing some stuff. They've got other people stationed at bridges too watching also," commented Sgt. Nelson

Drones, K-9 dogs and one Ohio State Highway patrol plane were also brought out.

Sgt. Nelson says the high waters made it very difficult to see anything in the water. "It's hard to tell how swift the water is going. It may not look like the water is going very fast, but you just don't know underneath it that, it could be going really fast. If you look over here, you there's know parts of that doesn't look very swift, but if you look at other parts of it, it's going very fast. Water can be very deceiving, you just don't know whats there, it's not clear, you just don't know what's underneath of it." 

The search was suspended at 3 p.m. and thankfully no one was injured. Officials encourage people to stay out of high waters. 

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