Body of missing Fort Jennings boy found after massive search

Published: May. 27, 2020 at 9:07 PM EDT
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The body of 5-year-old Isaac Schroeder was found on Thursday following a massive search in Putnam County that brought out about 900 volunteers.

The news of the discovery was confirmed by a Fort Jennings fire department official who said the boy's body was found by crews searching the Auglaize River near his home.

Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker says no foul play is suspected. Isaac’s body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s office for an autopsy.

Schroeder's body was found in the river, less than a mile away from home.

According to Putnam County Sheriff Captain Brad Brubaker, Schroeder's mother called 911 at 3:09 p.m. on Wednesday when she realized he was missing. Brubaker said there had been no previous reports of Isaac leaving his home.

On Wednesday, various agencies from Fort Jennings, Kalida and Ottoville were searching an area of approximately one mile around the residence. Life Flight and a Putnam County Sheriff's Office drone were also brought in to assist the efforts.

The Schroeder's home adjoins the Auglaize River, so much of the search efforts were centered on the water.

Volunteers were asked to assemble at Fort Jennings Park at 7 a.m. Thursday, and Brubaker said around 300 people from all over the area arrived for the search. That number tripled throughout the day.