AKRON -- The Summit County Medical Examiner says a body recovered over the weekend has been positively identified as that of Nic Shaffer, 12.
Search and rescue crews found his body while searching near Mud Creek in Akron on Sunday.
The search for Nic Shaffer began when he fell or slipped into the water and was swept away in Mud Creek while with his mother and sister.
Nic, who is autistic, was wearing shorts but no shirt when he went into the water.
Normally the creek is about ankle-deep but was considerably higher due to recent rainfall. The water was also moving much faster than usual.
The creek is located behind the home where Nic lived.
His family released the following statement:
"We would like to thank the search and rescue crews and all of the communities that came together and worked so hard to find Nic. Being able to lay him to rest has brought us a certain amount of closure.
We are also grateful to all of our friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who have kept Nic and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received.
While Nic could not speak he always found ways to express his love for the people around him; he will be dearly missed."