Sheriff's Office releases name of boy recovered from Clinton lake

Crews search for a boy, 13, missing in the water near Clinton Outlet, July 18, 2019. (WIBW)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW/KWCH) The body of a 13-year-old Lawrence boy has been recovered from the Clinton Outlet, the Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office said Friday morning.

"This is a very difficult time for his family and friends and our thoughts are with them," the Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office says Jayion Harris-Jordan had been playing in the water east of the Outlet when he went under. He was recovered not far away from that spot.

Authorities say they received a report around 6:50 p.m. Thursday that Harris-Jordan had gone into the water just east of the Clinton Outlet. Lt. Kristen Channel, public information officer for the Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office, said it is not yet clear how he ended up in the water. Several people were with him, but authorities did not say who they were.

The Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office said crews suspended the search around 9:30 p.m. due to darkness. They resumed their efforts Friday morning.

Channel said the boy, who is a Lawrence resident, went into the water just east of the outlet. She said water was being released from the lake, so it was turbulent and moving rapidly. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has turned off the release in order to lower water levels in the outlet area and assist with the search.

According to the Facebook page for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake, the Corps increased water releases from the lake Tuesday to 2,000 cubic feet per second.