Crews temporarily suspend search for missing Kansas boy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The search for an 11-year-old Wichita boy who is missing after falling into a swollen creek has been suspended for the night.

Wichita Fire Department battalion chief Jim Wilson tells the Wichita Eagle crews will resume their search for the boy identified by relatives as Devon Dean Cooley at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Wilson says a couple of firefighters will rotate shifts walking along the creek’s banks late Monday night, “just in case.”

Devon disappeared Friday night in Gypsum Creek. Fire officials say he tried to cross but was swept away.

Devon’s family, in a statement Monday, thanked firefighters for their tireless efforts. The family planned a cookout Monday evening to feed the rescue crews, with a candlelight vigil scheduled later in the night.

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