Body of boy found in Duck River, believed to be missing 9-year-old

(Photo: WKRN/the Sims family)

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The body of a boy was found on the Duck River in Shelbyville two days after a 9-year-old went missing in the water, and authorities believe it may be him.

Dreyton Sims was in the area of Fisherman’s Park on the Fourth of July when he and his brother disappeared.

His brother was rescued by a passerby, but Dreyton never resurfaced.

Rescue crews faced dangerous water conditions in their search with water levels rising rapidly and creating strong currents.

But after two days of searching, a young boy’s body was found lodged against tree nearby on the surface of the water, according to Scott Johnson with the Bedford County EMA.

While a medical examiner has yet to positively ID the body, authorities are confident it’s Dreyton.

Earlier in the day Thursday, we spoke with a man who has been a paramedic for 14 years.

Rodney Schmiede said he’d spent the past 18 hours searching for Dreyton, and the search was weighing heavy on his heart.

“I’m a father of three kids, and I know that I would want someone else doing the same things for my kids if I was not in a position to be able to do so. I know what it would mean to me to be able to bring my son or daughter back home and lay them to rest, so this is what keeps me coming,” he explained.