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Search for missing Sanborn teen is now a recovery mission

State Parks Police identified the missing teen as 15-year-old Kameron Stenzel of Sanborn, a student at Niagara-Wheatfield High School.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — New York State Parks Police said Thursday the search for a missing teen in the Niagara River has now transitioned from a search to a recovery mission.

The call came in shortly after 11 a.m. Monday that 15-year-old Kameron Stenzel of Sanborn was fishing with his father at Whirlpool State Park when he slipped and fell in the water and did not resurface.

Kameron was a student at Niagara-Wheatfield High School.

An intense air and water search, including helicopters and drones, has taken place over the past 72 hours without results.

"Our hearts are broken," said Major Clyde Doty with the Parks Police. "We continue to do everything we can possibly do to bring closure to the family."

Major Doty said the incident has been ruled an accident. 

New York State Police provided an update Thursday evening, saying:

"This afternoon at approximately 2 p.m., a male body was recovered by Canadian authorities in the area of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

"At this time a positive identification has not been made. We are sharing information with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Center who is leading the investigation.

"It is our sincere hope that Kameron has been found so that his family may find a small piece of closure."