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Deputies recover body of 11-year-old boy who drowned at Salem park

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Nehemiah Wilson (Family photo) Nehemiah Wilson (Family photo)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Yamhill County deputies have recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy who drowned at a Salem park.

On Wednesday, deputies said they found Nehemiah Wilson's body in the Willamette River about 10 miles from where he was last seen.

On June 23, Wilson was swimming near an old boat ramp at Wallace Marine Park when he began experiencing problems in the water. Several people attempted to reach him, but he slipped under the water and out of sight.

Multiple agencies responded to assist with the search by land, water and air. The search continued through the weekend.

"My main concern is to try and find my son and put him to rest. He would have been 12 years old next month. He doesn’t need to be out there, you know?" said Yvonne Holguin, mother of Wilson. 

Every day since her son disappeared, Holguin said she's been looking on the river for her baby. 

“I'm all cried out, I’m kind of numb now. I cry, I go home, I don’t like being home. I want to have a piece of my son with me, I want to know where he is," said Holguin.

A citizen spotted the body in the Willamette River and notified deputies on Wednesday.

Holguin along with friends and family were at the Wheatland Ferry area searching for him when deputies told them his body had been found.

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deputies launched a patrol boat from the Wheatland Ferry area and proceeded upriver to locate and recover the body.

At 7 p.m. deputies recovered Wilson's body and returned to the Wheatland Ferry area. The body was positively identified by family members.

"I'm a mother, I shouldn’t have to bury my own child, they should have to bury me," said  Holguin.

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