Belding, Mich. (September 16, 2013)
BELDING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A makeshift memorial is set up on the Ashfield Road bridge where a 10-year-old boy is presumed to have drowned.
Monday afternoon, divers found the body of Devon Morrison in the Flat River. The last time anyone saw him was Saturday as he was heading to the river to go fishing.
Police used boats and helicopters to try to find the child. The FBI and Michigan State Police also got involved. Devon's family called police when he didn't come home from fishing.
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The child was a fifth grader at Woodview Elementary School.
Monday night, Devon's family spoke to WZZM 13, thanking everyone who helped in the search. Now his parents are trying to cope with the loss.
"I couldn't believe how many people there were in town yesterday, in the rain, in the cold, the night before, going through the water. People went without sleep, without food. They sacrificed so much to help us find him and it touches me in a way I've never... I didn't know people could still be that way," said Devon's mother, Shauna Smith. "He was the sweetest boy. He loved life, he loved it to the fullest. He did what he wanted and he died doing what he loved doing."
Police say there is nothing suspicious about Devon's death. An autopsy will be done to determine exactly how the child died.