A child’s body has been found in a southwestern Missouri waterway, and authorities are working to determine if it is a boy who went missing last month.

Fishermen found the body around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Beaver Creek, which is part of Bull Shoals Lake in Taney County, south of Kissee Mills. Trooper Sam Carpenter says the body was found in the area where a 6-year-old boy from Hartsville went into the water on Feb. 18. The body was retrieved by Trooper Zeller, Taney County Coroner Tony Mullen and Taney County Sheriff's Deputy Shane Keys.

The child’s name has not been released. The child’s family lives about a mile from the site where the boy was last seen.

Authorities have said he and his two older sisters walked more than a mile from the home to the water.

The investigation was assisted by Western Taney Fire, Central Taney County Fire, Taney County Deputies, Missouri Department of Conservation, Integrity K9 Service, Mennonite Disaster Service, and the Oak Grove, Arkansas Fire Department.

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