FORT JENNINGS — A volunteer rescue worker found the body of a missing 5-year-old boy with non-verbal autism on Thursday afternoon.
The remains of Isaac Schroeder were discovered in a log jam along the bank of the Auglaize River, south of Road R, about three-quarters of a mile downstream from his home, at 5:07 p.m. Thursday, according to Capt. Brad Brubaker, of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Isaac Schroeder has been missing since around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brad Brubaker announced at 4 p.m. Thursday that the search had expanded past the 12 miles along the Auglaize River and three miles around Schroeder’s residence already searched.
“The sheriff’s office extends out sympathies to the Schroeder family and also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and public safety officials that assisted in the search of Isaac,” Brubaker said in a press release.
More than 900 volunteers turned out to Fort Jennings Park to assist in the search. The FBI and Ohio BCI joined the search as well Thursday afternoon.
A press conference has been scheduled for 8 p.m. in Fort Jennings.
Schroeder’s residence lies on the bank of the Auglaize River, so the search has been concentrated there. According to reports, Schroeder was recovered by his mother, Sarah Schroeder, when he was playing along the river two years ago.
The sheriff’s office received a 911 call from the boy’s mother at 3:09 p.m. Wednesday. Brubaker said the child likely left his home through a garage door, and no foul play or abduction was suspected. He was average build with short, blonde hair, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Schroeder was wearing only Thomas the Train underpants at the time.
Those interested in joining the search signed up at the Fort Jennings Park recreation building, where they were deployed in groups to areas not yet been searched. Participants were encouraged to stay away from the river and wooded areas after dark so no one gets lost or injured.
Those with information should call Crime Stoppers at 419-231-3030 or the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 419-523-3208.
Dive teams and boats from the Continental Fire Department, Delphos Fire and Rescue, American Township in Allen County and Allen Township in Hancock County assisted in water searches. Other agencies who assisted in the search included the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State Patrol and LifeFlight.