HAMMOND, Ind. — A body found in the Little Calumet River Tuesday morning has been identified as 12-year-old Kyrin Carter, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office.
A body was found in the river near the Best Western, 3830 179th St., where Kyrin, who had autism, went missing. Police said the 12-year-old, from Kansas City, left the hotel around 12:30 p.m. last Saturday. The family was in town for an engagement party.
Around 8:15 p.m. Monday, a volunteer kayaker, later identified as Eric Smith, alerted police that a body was located in the river near New Jersey Avenue, about 300 feet from the hotel. The Lake County Coroner’s Office was at the scene Monday night, as well as police.
“I looked at it like if it was my daughter, I would want somebody giving their all,” Smith said.
Recently, officials stopped the flow of water coming into the Little Calumet River to make it easier to continue their search. A dive team was able to remove the body from the river.
A GoFundMe has been started to help the family with funeral expenses.