Jun 16, 2024

Body of missing 3-year-old found in Kansas waterway

Posted Jun 16, 2024 8:00 PM

BUTLER COUNTY—The search for a missing 3-year-old ended in tragedy Sunday morning in Butler County.

Just before 7p.m. Saturday, deputies with the Butler County Sheriff's office responded to the 12000 Block of SW. Prairie Creek Road just outside of Andover after a report of a missing 3-year-old boy, according to Undersheriff Damion Cundiff.

First responders found the property to be large with a combination  of timber and waterways. Multiple agencies responded to help with the search including water rescue from the August Department of Public Safety.

The initial report indicated the boy was playing outside the residence while an adult was present and doing yard work. The child wandered off but was still believed to be on the property. A search of the area included the water, drones, divers and K9s continued until just after 3a.m. Sunday.

Just after 7:30a.m. Sunday, shortly after the search began again, the body of the boy was found in a waterway not far from the residence on the property.

Authorities believe this is an accidental drowning.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the specific cause of death, according to Cundiff. There is no suspicion of foul play.  The child is a family member of the residents but not their child. The child's name has not been released.