Body of 16-year-old swimmer found in metro Atlanta river

The teenager disappeared in the Yellow River in Rockdale County. Authorities found his body Tuesday.
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The teenager disappeared in the Yellow River in Rockdale County. Authorities found his body Tuesday.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A 16-year-old boy’s body has been found after he went missing while swimming in a metro Atlanta river late Monday.

The body of Alexi Cruz was pulled from the Yellow River in Conyers about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News reported. The teen was identified by his family, the news station confirmed.

Cruz disappeared into the river while swimming near the Old Mill off Ga. 20, according to the news station. Divers began searching for him Monday, but increased water levels due to rain made the operation difficult.

“Due to the inclement weather that we’ve had in the past, and what’s fixing to come here right now, the water is up, which is causing the current to rage a little bit higher than what it usually does,” Rockdale fire Battalion Chief George Frady said.

Divers resumed the search Tuesday in the river between Yarbrough Road and Main Street, the Rockdale sheriff’s office said. It is not clear where Cruz’s body was located.