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UPDATE: Body of Logan Blake found in waters of Cedar Lake

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - After more than 12 hours of searching for 17-year old Logan Blake, rescue crews found his body in the waters of Cedar Lake shortly before 4, Tuesday evening. 

"The body has been found and is recovered," said Jim Coyle, Cedar Rapids Fire Chaplin and family friend. "If any of you have ever been in rushing water, it takes you swiftly and without any control an that's exactly what happened."

Logan's family was hopeful, and all emergency responders searched high and low, near and far wanting to bring the family their son.

"This is even hard for me to even deal with now," said retired Cedar Rapids police officer Rick Gayle. "And officers deal with these things, they're broken."

Logan's family tells us Logan was a strong teenager, devoted to his family. 

"Very devoted to his mom, very devoted to his brother, very devoted to his family," said Coyle. "Great friends with his peers. I don't think there's a single person that knew Logan that wouldn't absolutely fall in love with him and all that he provides."

Counselors will be available at Washington High, where Logan attended. They will be at the school Wednesday morning to support the school community.

The family thanks all the volunteers who helped in searching for their missing son.

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Family, friends and rescue crews in Cedar Rapids are not giving up on searching a 17-year-old swept away in a storm drain, by flood waters.

Police believe three teenagers were walking near Arthur Elementary to play frisbee. 

One of the teenagers, was caught in water and when the second one tried to help, they were both swept into the storm drain

"I don't think I'll be safe around [storm drains]," said 14-year old Jacob Kimpton, who lives Cedar Lake.

The 17-year-old friend that attempted to help was later found alive in a drain pipe that runs into the Cedar Lake, more than a mile from where he entered.

He was treated and released at St. Luke's Hospital.

The third teenager, 16-year-old is the one who flagged down help to call police.

Boats were out on Cedar Lake looking for the teen, who could have been swept through the system into the lake.

"Be very careful of the current it's very strong," said Katie Bockoben, a neighbor who lives near the search. "Really scary because I have a child of my own and it has to be extremely scary and sad."

Public safety personnel were assisting City Sewer Department employees in uncovering man holes in areas near the entry point to possible exit point at Cedar Lake.

Cedar Rapids Fire had rescue boat operation crews on Cedar Lake attempting to locate the victim.

After a five hour search of the lake, manholes and sewers throughout the area, rescuers suspended their search around 1 a.m.

Battalion Chief Gibson with Cedar Rapids Fire says they will have crews back out near the cedar Lake around 8, Tuesday morning.

Gibson says it's too dangerous for fire personnel to make entry inside the underground storm sewer system.

Family and friends were waiting patiently, while others helped search, hoping and praying their loved one, is found.

"It's an eye opener for all young kids, not to play around the sewers." said Bockoben.

The names of the teenager involved are not being released to give family time to let all other relatives know.

 
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