14-year-old who drowned in Mississippi is identified, remembered


The 14-year old boy whose body was recovered from the Mississippi River has been identified.

The Star Tribune reports that friends and family of Dylan Thorp gathered Monday night at Lions Levee Park in St. Paul Park to hold a candlelight vigil at a memorial that included a cross, balloons, teddy bears and a colorful stuffed rainbow trout. Thorp’s body was recovered near the park early Monday morning by a dive team. Twelve divers worked in shifts before the teen’s body was recovered.

The boy went into the Mississippi River near the city of St. Paul Park late Sunday afternoon and didn't resurface, FOX 9 reported.

The newspaper's story said that six Oltman Middle School friends who came to the park late Monday afternoon said Thorp was wading in the river with his girlfriend. The St. Paul Pioneer Press had reported that the boy had been with his girlfriend, Heather Cramer, 13, and another friend when they decided to go into the water.

"He was walking out to a log, and the water swooped him off his feet," Felicia Nelson, Cramer’s sister, told the Pioneer Press. Nelson, 19, said the boy was in water up to his chest when the current pulled him under.

Authorities said the current Sunday was much stronger than usual. St. Paul Park is in the southeast metro area along the Mississippi River, about five miles downstream from St. Paul.

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