Friday search for bodies of Nylo, James turns up empty after ‘possible target’ identified

Friday’s search focused on a stretch of waterlogged land previously inaccessible due to rain and snowmelt.

Search continues for bodies of Nylo, James in Ohio River after Friday effort turns up empty

DEARBORN COUNTY, In. (FOX19) - A possible target was identified in the Ohio River Friday evening toward the end of a search for the bodies of 3-year-old Nylo Lattimore and 6-year-old James Hutchinson.

Crews wrapped up around 7 p.m., an hour before they were scheduled to end their search.

According to crews at the scene, three separate K9s identified the possible target.

Dearborn County Water Rescue arrived around 8:30 p.m. with lights. Rescuers took a boat to investigate.

A North Star International Search and Recovery crew member told FOX19 NOW around 9 p.m. that they did not find anything. The search concluded for the night shortly afterwards.

This article will be updated. More details below.

Dearborn County Water Rescue is at the scene of the search for Nylo and James after K9s found a "possible target" in the water.
Dearborn County Water Rescue is at the scene of the search for Nylo and James after K9s found a "possible target" in the water. (Source: WXIX)

The two children were killed in separate incidents months apart, but authorities believe both of their bodies were dropped in the Ohio River.

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NSI worked with Ohio LandSAR on Friday’s search. A mounted patrol unit as well as some K9s were at the scene.

Crews planned to search around 86 acres of waterlogged terrain known as the Oxbow in Lawrenceburg. They had to wait to search this area because previously it was entirely underwater.

The teams were relying in part on volunteers. They said how much ground they cover Friday will depend on how many volunteers show up.

Around 30 volunteers were at the scene when the search got underway around 4 p.m.

Some 55 acres were covered on the ground, and 47 miles were covered by the mounted unit.

Tracy Campbell is North Star Public Relations Director.

“We’re thinking at this point that James, it’s highly probable that he’s still in this area,” Campbell told FOX19 NOW before the search. “That’s why we are focused on this area. It could be that he’s not, but at this point, we still have some hope?”

Asked about Nylo, Campbell was less optimistic.

“It’s been since December,” she said. “I am hoping for a miracle. We all are, honestly.”

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