UPDATE: Sept. 6, 9 a.m.
Officials are still searching for the child whom they say, “went in the water” in the Ohio River Sunday evening. 7NEWS reporter Steven Ruffing was on the scene this morning.
MONROE COUNTY, OH (WTRF) — Monroe County first responders are searching for a 7-year-old who “went in the water” according to Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black.
Reports came in around 5:00 PM Sunday.
Monroe County Sheriff Black says crews are “assuming it is now a recovery” effort for the missing boy.
The sheriff says there is no indication the boy is “out of the water.”
While this is taking place on the Ohio side of the river, there are numerous fire rescue crews from around the area fighting to recover the missing boy. On the West Virginia side, two divers and a boat are in the water from New Martinsville.
Sheriff Black says the Ohio State Highway Patrol is bringing in a helicopter, and Tyler County is sending out a boat with sonar. Among the searchers, the Ohio DNR, West Virginia DNR, Coastguard, Benwood Fire Department, and all EMS crews from Monroe County have been called in.
The sheriff tells 7NEWS the New Martinsville bridge and Route 7 near Hannibal is also closed as the search continues.
Stay with 7NEWS for updates.