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Body found in search of 16-year-old swept away in Redwood River

Police say the body of Thunder Brothersofall was found Saturday.

A tragic end to a week-long search of a teenager who was swept away in the Redwood River while swimming with friends on Sunday, Sept. 15. 

The Redwood Falls Police Department announced Saturday night that the body of 16-year-old Thunder W. Brothersofall, of Redwood Falls, was found around 6:10 p.m. Saturday approximately a half-mile south of the County Road 101 bridge in North Redwood. 

Three men in kayaks searching for Brothersofall found his body, according to the police department. 

The 16-year-old went missing while swimming the evening of Sept. 15 near Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls, with the Redwood River's current described as very strong and erratic following recent heavy rains. 

The water levels and rushing current made it impossible much of the week to launch a search boat equipped with underwater search accessories, and the river conditions also made it unsafe to send in divers. 

The Redwood River at Redwood Falls remains in a flood warning through late Sunday night, but water levels have dropped more than two feet from their crest a week ago. 

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