Body of boy, 14, found in Wichita waterway

Steven Burrow

 

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WICHITA, Kansas – Crews have recovered the body of 14-year-old Steven Burrow.

Burrow was reported missing Friday while swimming in a rain-swollen Wichita waterway.

“He was about 200 yards south of where he first went in under the water on the same bank on the same east side bank,” said Lt. Brian White, Wichita Police Department.

Reports show the water was moving at a speed of up to 7 miles per hour with some parts of the water channel reaching 12 feet deep.

Members from the Wichita Fire Department and water rescue crews from station 4 spotted Burrow and pulled him out.

His body had been under water for two days.

“We searched the river several miles south of where he first went in and on foot and in the air and in water craft so it was a pretty exhaustive search,” said Lt. White.

Burrow was swimming with two friends in the Big Ditch Friday afternoon before he went under.

Friends rushed off to get help, but it was too late.

“When the young man was lost, I asked for assistance, and we got county wide responses,” said Lt. White. “There was a big response, and I want to thank everybody that came out to help us.”

The help doesn’t end there.

“Grief looks different in kids than it does in adults,” said Molly Allen, licensed psychologist.

Licensed psychologist Molly Allen tells KSN News what family and friends need now is a strong supportive system to get them through this life changing situation.

“Sometimes people just process the grief process on their own as long as they have really supportive people around them and they have structure and usually they can do okay,” said Allen.

A Wichita Public Schools spokesperson says the district is planning to have several counselors at school next week to help those who knew Burrow cope and mourn with what happened.

An online site has been set up to help Steven’s family with funeral expenses.