Dayton missing 7-year-old boy: Mad River dammed, crews resume search

The search for 7-year-old Lucas Rosales continued Thursday, as decreased water levels gave search units additional opportunities to look for the boy.

Lucas was last seen Saturday evening while fishing with his family near Harshman Road and Eastwood MetroPark. He was wearing a white shirt with black sleeves, black pants and black Converse shoes. He is 3 feet tall and about 60 pounds. Lucas has brown hair and brown eyes.

The City of Dayton Department of Water created a temporary dam Thursday morning on a portion of Mad River and was pumping areas within the dammed portion, according to the Dayton Fire Department.

More than 80 personnel from multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments and search teams continued the search near Harshman Road and Eastwood MetroPark, including downstream of the temporary dam.

Crews performed land and water-based searches Thursday and used aerial and underwater drones, K-9 units and water removal. Teams were able to conduct physical searches of areas that previously weren’t accessible, according to a press release.

Dayton fire and police, Five Rivers MetroParks, Huber Heights Fire Department, Texas EquuSearch, Ohio Task Force 1 members and City of Dayton Department of Water assisted in the search.

Dayton fire’s water rescue crews also Thursday searched portions of the Great Miami River .

The fire department on Monday said the search transitioned from a rescue to a recovery.

Lucas’ mother, Amanda Rosales, was at Eastwood MetroPark on Thursday with search teams. She also wrote her son’s name and date of birth and a phone number to call with information on the back of her sister’s vehicle.

Earlier this week Rosales said it was torture waiting for her son to be found.

“You sit here waiting for him to come running out or something or for someone to tell you that they found him,” she said. “When you’re just sitting here for hours upon hours and nobody’s found him yet it’s just torture.”

The boy’s father, Agustin Rosales, previously said the family warned Lucas to back up from the water and told him it was dangerous to get close.

Lucas’ sister, Da’najiah Wakefield, said he was playing near her and their father but left to join other family members so he wouldn’t scare the fish.

A family member said they heard something fall and a splash, as well as someone crying, Da’najaih said.

The family searched and called for Lucas for about 15 minutes before they called police.

Police said foul play is not suspected.

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