Missing teen’s body found in White River

Missing teen’s body found in White River


At 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana Conservation Officers recovered the body of Kevin Josue Flores Rodriguez, 17, from the White River near where he was last seen.

His family has been notified.

An exact cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Indiana Conservation Officers had joined the search for a teenager who went missing after a water emergency in the White River on March 31 in Indianapolis.

Searchers believe that Rodriguez went missing near the area of the 16th Street dam.

Carlos Rameriz, 45, and Rodriguez were at the river working on a canoe when waters swept over the dam, causing the canoe to capsize. Life jackets were not being worn at the time.

Witnesses helped Rameriz to shore. Rodriguez was last seen by witnesses floating down the river. Responders with the Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department searched for Rodriquez until calling off the search last night because of darkness.

Efforts to find Rodriguez resumed this morning. Conservation officers and IFD searched upstream and downstream of the area, he was last spotted. Shore-based searches on foot, water-based searches by boat, and drone searches by air were used.

Anyone who may have observed Rodriguez exiting the water or in the area should contact DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536.