UPDATE: Authorities Confirm that Body of Missing Boy in Dodge County has been Found

July 18, 2018 07:53 AM

(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE:  The Dodge County Sheriff's Office just released information and confirmed that the body of the missing 7-year-old boy has been found.

Earlier in the day, around 4:18 pm authorities received a report of a missing child at Naylor's Pond on 160th Avenue North of Highway 14 in rural Dodge County. The initial report was that the boy had been swimming with friends and had been missing for about 10 minutes.


Responders arrived on scene and immediately started searching the pond and surrounding areas. Assistance was provided by the Dodge Center Fire Department, Claremont Fire Department, West Concord Fire Department, and Dodge Center Ambulance Service.

The search team expanded to include assistance from the Owatonna Police Department’s Drone Program, Minnesota State Patrol’s helicopter, Mayo One, DNR, and the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

At approximately 7:37 pm, divers located the boy’s body in a deeper part of the pond, near the area where he was last seen by friends.

The Olmsted County Medical Examiner’s Office will be doing an autopsy tomorrow to confirm accidental drowning as the cause of death.

According to a man at the scene who identified himself as the boy's father, Justin Kuhlman, the father of the missing child who is from Owatonna, his son, Gabriel went with his brother and next door neighbor to go fishing at Naylor Park near Dodge Center.

The father continued to say that Gabriel wandered off and that's when crews started searching for him. Dive teams, K9 units, and Mayo One were called to help in the search.

Stay with ABC 6 News for the latest details in this incident as we are expecting to hear from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office for an update.


The Dodge County Sheriff's Office and several other law enforcement agencies are blocking traffic at 160th Avenue and 595 Street near Naylor Pond between West Concord and Dodge Center.  

An ABC 6 News crew is at the scene and said Mayo One is at the scene along with K-9 units, an ambulance and the Olmsted County Dive Team.

Residents have reported to ABC 6 News that authorities may be looking for a 7-year-old from the area.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.


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