OOLOGAH, Okla. — Labor Day weekend seemed like the perfect time for Tim Brown, along with his family and friends, to have a fish fry at Hawthorn Bluff at Oologah Lake.
Their perfect day turned bitterly cold when they noticed the first signs of trouble.
"They came by and asked us if we'd seen the little boy and described him to us," said Brown.
Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said they got the call about a missing boy around 4 p.m. Sunday.
Brown said he and his family watched as investigators locked down the park, searching vehicles, other campsites and the beach area where the boy was last seen alive.
"There were several of them that held hands and walked out as far as they could to see if they could feel anything under the water," said Brown.
Brian Gage with OSBI said their attentions were soon entirely focused on the water.
"They used sonar and the dragging method," said Gage. "They have sight imaging sonar that helps locate victims."
Teams would eventually make the sad discovery around 6 that evening. A little boy, gone forever. Investigators said he was found in about nine feet of water.
As family members watched and grieved, Investigators worked to put the pieces together.
As emergency officials were removing the boy's body, a family member fainted and had to be treated at the scene.