March 28, 2012 Edition

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Buddy Williams of Imboden, a member of the Lawrence County dive team, helps search the river for Caleb Linn, a four-year-old who has been missing on Kia Kima Scout Reservation near Cherokee Village since Saturday.
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LawCo. volunteers
assist in search for boy

Gretchen Hunt

Volunteers from all over the state, including Lawrence County, flooded into Fulton County to assist in the search for a four-year-old boy who has been missing since Saturday.

Tuesday afternoon, the ground search was called off, with all search efforts now focusing on the Spring River that flows through the 900-acre Kia Kima Boy Scout reservation near Cherokee Village.

Caleb Linn, four, of Springdale was with a group that was doing cleanup work at the camp. Hundreds of volunteers have helped comb the woods looking for the boy.

"There is an immense amount of people helping," Mark VanBrook, Hoxie fire chief and one of several volunteers from Lawrence County, said. "There are private citizens, rescue teams and dive teams."

According to reports, Linn's two shirts were found turned inside out in the river Tuesday, after a dog hit on his scent. That discovery, and the fact that searchers have not been able to locate him, has turned all attention to the river.

Others from Lawrence County helping with the effort included: Sheriff Jody Dotson, LCSD Captain Stan Finley, Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith, Walnut Ridge Police Chief Richy Thatcher, Buddy Williams, Wes Crisler, Zach Smith, Shane Bower, Rocky Chappell, Joe Chappell, Tony Waldrupe and Olivia Pickney.

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