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Search continues Saturday for missing 5-year-old boy at Wallace Marine Park

Allen Chaz Pearson

Authorities are searching for a missing 5-year-old boy in Wallace Marine Park.

The boy, Allen "Chaz" Pearson, was last seen around 5:30 PM Friday playing with other kids at the water's edge near the pedestrian bridge over the Willamette River.

Polk County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Salem Fire and Polk County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deputies are conducting the search.

Crews searched until after 11:30 PM Friday night, and resumed efforts Saturday morning at 7 AM.

The Polk County Sheriff's office says Chaz was wearing distinctive green and camo swimming shorts, and is approximately 4'00" tall, 50 pounds with dark hair in a small tail on the back of his head.

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross are providing canteen service to first responders at the Park.

Earlier this year, an 11-year-old boy was swept into the Willamette River at the same spot. He wasn't wearing a life jacket.

Stay with KATU News as this story develops.

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