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UPDATE: Oregon Police search for body of possible drowning victim

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OREGON (WREX) -

A man in Oregon is believed to have drowned after falling in the Rock River.

Oregon Police say around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday Reyes Perez, 37, of Chicago, went in the water while fishing near the dam with family and friends. Police believe Perez waded off a small rock island into the river and was swept down stream and under water by the currents. Witnesses say Perez surfaced once and was swept back under water and did not resurface again.

Around 9:00 a.m. divers were called in to start an underwater search.  Winnebago County also brought in its sonar boat to assist.  The Oregon Police Chief says the search has turned into a recovery operation, that was called off for the day around 1:00 p.m.

Crews will resume the search on Thursday.

The Oregon Police Department, Oregon Fire Department, Byron Fire Department, Dixon Fire Department, Dixon Police Department, Rockford Fire Department and Rochelle Department all assisted with the search.

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