One individual located, but not recovered; search for two missing men enters third day

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OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) -- A search for two missing men enters its third day after their boat capsized Wednesday in the Rock River near Oregon.

One individual was located in the river nearly a mile from the Oregon Dam, according to Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle.

The body was not recovered and moved while divers battled the river conditions. The water was too swift for the diver to reach the bottom of the river, per VanVickle.

The individual moved after the water current shifted during a recovery operation. The new location has not yet been determined.

With the river levels expected to rise, the search could be suspended Friday for diver safety.

Search efforts began Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. after the Ogle County Sheriff's Office first learned of a capsized boat via a call from a fisherman.

The efforts were suspended Wednesday after dark, but resumed around 7 a.m. Thursday and continued into night hours.

Based on radar imaging, divers from Byron and Rochelle were assigned to check out a few locations in the river Thursday night.

Divers and emergency crews worked into the night Thursday, but crews continue to search the Rock River near Carnation Park on Friday despite tougher river conditions.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says there were also fewer boats and resources used in the search earlier on Thursday due to the conditions of the river.

Authorities have used divers, drones and boats in search for the two men.

VanVickle says a truck and boat trailer at a launch Castle Rock State Park matched the description for the owner of the boat.

Emergency crews from Ogle County, Winnebago County, Oregon, Rochelle, Byron, Dixon, Stilllman Valley, Mt. Morris and South Beloit responded to the area Wednesday afternoon in response.

The names and ages of the missing men remain withheld.

Emergency crews from Ogle County, Winnebago County, Oregon, Rochelle, Byron, Dixon, Stilllman Valley, Mt. Morris and South Beloit responded to the area Wednesday afternoon in response. A REACT helicopter also reported to the scene.

VanVickle asks the public to avoid the area while the search resumes. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will assist with the investigation.