Friends identify body pulled from Mississippi River

  • Article by: Star Tribune staff
  • Updated: May 26, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The searches came on a warm Memorial Day weekend amid warnings about high water in waterways across the metro area.


Rescue workers search Mississippi River near Lions Levee Park in St. Paul Park for possible drowning victim.

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In Washington County, the dive team pulled the body of the 14-year-old victim from the Mississippi River near St. Paul Park, authorities said in a statement issued at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Although they declined to identify the victim, friends and family members at the scene and on Facebook said he was Dylan Thorp, a student at Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park.

Thorp, reported missing at 5:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon, disappeared in the Mississippi River while with two friends at Lions Levee Park in St. Paul Park. Twelve divers worked in shifts on the rescue effort, which turned into a recovery effort about three hours later.

Heather Cramer, 13, was one of two people with Thorp at the time of his disappearance, according to her father, Philip Cramer. He told the Star Tribune on Sunday that the boy was in the water, “pretending that he was drowning,” and at one point, didn’t resurface. Heather waited to make certain he wasn’t “playing,” and then “she went in there to try to look for him,” Philip Cramer said.

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