5-year-old boy's body found near Ohio campground

Published: May. 26, 2020 at 2:23 PM EDT
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UPDATE 5/26/20 @ 10:15 p.m.

The search for a missing 5-year-old boy in central Ohio has reached the worst possible conclusion.

The body of 5-year-old Cameron Walters was found Tuesday evening, more than 24 hours after his family reported him missing from an Adams County campground.

Officials with the county sheriff's office said Walters was last seen alive Monday afternoon.

A massive search was launched Monday evening, and after being suspended for the night, resumed Tuesday morning with more than 200 volunteers.

Authorities said his body was recovered from the nearby lake around 6 p.m. and was positively identified by his family.

Sheriff's officials say Cameron’s family members have been cooperative in talking to investigators about what may have led to his disappearance.

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The search resumed Tuesday morning for a 5-year-old boy reported missing at Mineral Springs Lake Resort nearly 24 hours ago, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Cameron Walters was last seen at the 350-acre campground in Peebles around 5 p.m. Monday, said Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers.

Volunteers are searching the wooded area by foot, and a dive team went into the lake about 10 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

It’s not clear if the child - who cannot swim but has no “disorders” - wandered off or went into the lake, so both are being thoroughly searched, according to the sheriff’s office.

The search ran past midnight at the campground, where his grandparents have a camper, before stopping about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The boy is only considered missing at this point, and nothing can be ruled out, the sheriff said.

Cameron has green eyes, blond hair, is 3′ tall and 45 lbs. He was last seen wearing dark cargo shorts and no shirt.