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Missing: Devon Morrison

Devon MorrisonBELDING, Mich- Devon Morrison went missing Saturday September 14th. He was last seen when he left his house near Harrison Street and North York Street to go fishing in the Flat River.  He is ten years old.

Devon was wearing a black and red hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Ionia Central Dispatch at 616-522-0911 or 616-794-1900

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BELDING, Mich. — Funeral arrangements for Devon Morrison, 10, have been set.

The boy’s body was found Monday in the Flat River. He’d been missing since Saturday. Devon’s mother said he went fishing earlier in the day. Police said preliminary results from an autopsy indicate that Devon’s drowning was accidental.

Viewing is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be held at the Houghton Lake Christler Funeral Home.

Morrison’s funeral will be held Friday, September 20 at 11 a.m. at the same location.

The family established the Devon Morrison Memorial Fund, and donations can be made at any Independent Bank in Michigan. This will help the family pay for funeral and burial expenses.

FOX 17 learned that a memorial will be held Monday, September 23 at 7 p.m. in Belding.

A family friend of Morrison’s said the viewing, memorial, and funeral are all open to the public.

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BELDING, Mich. — Lucie Robinson shared a picture that was drawn by Joe Johnson.

It depicts Jesus and a young boy holding a fishing rod and tackle box. Robinson said that young boy is Devon Morrison.

“That picture just caught me. That picture just took my heart right away,” Robinson said.

The 10-year-old’s body was found Monday in the Flat River under this bridge. He’d gone missing Saturday. After an intensive search by law enforcement and community members, Morrison’s body was found near one of his favorite fishing spots. Police said preliminary findings of an autopsy show that he accidentally drowned.

Robinson believes the picture give s a glimpse of what Devon is up to now.

“I’m hoping that’s exactly what happened when this accident took place. That Jesus came, grabbed Devon up, and he didn’t have to suffer,” she said.

Robinson said she plans to have it enlarged and wants to present it to Devon’s famly. She also plans to laminate the photo and place a copy by the bridge at the river where so many other tributes are accumulating.

“He was just lots of fun. The boy just had his own way, his own character, his own personality that just touched everybody’s heart.”

Friends of the little boy wrote letters expressing their condolences.

“Now Devon can do all the fishing that he wants, and he’s gonna have a field day with it up in the heavens,” Robinson said.

The viewing for Devon Morrison is scheduled for this Thursday, September 19th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
It will be held at the Houghton Lake Christler Funeral Home.

Morrison’s funeral will be held Friday, September 20th at 11 a.m. at the same location.
The family established the Devon Morrison Memorial Fund. Donations can be made at any Independent Bank in Michigan. This will help the family pay for funeral and burial expenses.

Morrison – Devon

Photo courtesy Chelsea Bow.

BELDING,Mich. —  An autopsy was performed on Devon Morrison Tuesday September 17 at Blodgett Hospital. Preliminary finding from the examination shows the death as accidental drowning. Final results will be released when they  become available.

Morrison was last seen the morning of Saturday September 14 and search crews from several organizations, including the FBI, were investigating.

According to police, Morrison’s body was discovered near his favorite fishing place by the Ashfield Street Bridge.

BELDING, Mich. -  Shauna Smith said she was heartbroken to learn that after two days of searching her 10-year-old son, Devon Morrison, was found dead in the Flat River Monday.

“My world it crashed,” she said.  “It just crashed.”

On Saturday, Morrison told his family he was going fishing and never came home.  Hundreds of volunteers from the area searched day and night.  After learning that Morrison had died, the community came together for vigils.

The first vigil was held at the Encounter Church in Belding.  Crowds stood shoulder to shoulder to pray for the deceased boy.

From there crowds moved to the bridge crossing the Flat River at Ashfield Street, one of Morrison’s favorite fishing spots.  When police found his body, not far from the bridge, they also found his fishing pole beside him.

Smith said fishing is what her son was born to do.

“We tried over and over to not let him go by himself,” she said.  “Keep him from certain places while he was down there.  But he was stubborn and said he was going to a friends and we would still find him there.”

When Morrison never returned from a fishing trip Saturday morning, police and community responded by searching day and night, combing the riverside.

Smith describes the two days her son was gone as torture.

“It was the not knowing.  Not knowing if he was abducted.  Not knowing if he was hurt or lost.  Not knowing anything.”

She also said she was overwhelmed by the support her family received during her tough times.

“He was just all boy,” she said.  “He was just very sweet.  He loved people, would talk to anybody, everybody.”

As Smith deals with the loss of her son, she tries to push some thoughts from her mind.  She tries not to ask what went wrong, or why.

“These are questions we will never have answers to,” she said.  I can’t dwell on how it happened or why it happened.  It happened and now it’s time to put it all to rest.  Go on and learn how to deal without my baby.”

The family is still in the process of making funeral arrangements.  FOX 17 has learned he will be buried at Houghton Lake and a memorial service will be held in Belding.

BELDING, Mich. – The mother of a 10-year-old boy whose body was found in the Flat River spoke out about how she will remember her son.

Devon Morrison’s body was discovered Monday afternoon following an extensive search which included the local community, police and help from the FBI.

He went missing Saturday after going fishing.  His body was found near his favorite fishing spot just a couple of blocks away from his Belding home.

Monday night a community vigil was held for the 10-year-old.  Hear from them Monday on FOX 17 News at 10.

BELDING, Mich.,–The body of 10-year-old Devon Morrison was discovered Monday afternoon by dive teams during a searching in the Flat River.

Morrison was last seen Saturday morning, and search crews from several organizations, including the FBI, were investigating Sunday and Monday.

According to police, Morrison’s body was discovered near his favorite fishing place by the Ashfield Street Bridge. Police say Devon’s fishing pole was also found nearby.

Within hours of Devon’s body being found, the community started to bring flowers and balloons by the bridge to remember him.

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson said he will never forget Devon.  “We need to remember Devon for Devon and whatever joy he brought to everyone is a wonderful thing and I feel honored to have been able to spend some time with him.”

It was obvious how much the community has been impacted by Devon, people in town say they always saw him out fishing and he would always say hi.

“Just about two weeks ago I passed him on bridge street here and he had his fishing pole in his hand and I was kind of having a down day and I had asked him anything biting today. He stopped and put his hand on his hip and had a conversation with me like he was a grown up and I am remember laughing, walking away thinking that’s probably the best interaction I’m going to have today,” said Rachel Satterlee.

His exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

Morrison – Devon

Photo courtesy Chelsea Bow.

BELDING, Mich. — The body of 10-year-old Devon Morrison was discovered Monday afternoon by dive teams during a searching in the Flat River.

Morrison was last seen Saturday morning, and search crews from several organizations, including the FBI, were investigating Sunday and Monday.

According to police, Morrison’s body was discovered near his favorite fishing place by the Ashfield Street Bridge.  His exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

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09/16/13

News Conference Scheduled Regarding Missing Child

BELDING, Mich. -  A news conference is scheduled at 2:00pm following a late-morning development which included emergency crews along the banks of the Flat River.

Police officers put up police tape at the corner of a Ashfield and Morton Streets in Belding to search for 10-year-old Devon Morrison.

Investigators would not comment to a FOX 17 crew on the scene except to say a news conference would be held at 2 p.m.  Dive teams were called to the area, but were seen leaving at around 1 p.m.

Ten-year-old Devon Morrison of Belding lives with a mild form of autism, according to an aunt. Devon was last seen Saturday.  Search teams were out over the weekend and into Monday morning looking for any evidence that could lead to his whereabouts.  The FBI was also called in to look at the case.  An Amber Alert was not issued after he went missing.

As soon as more information becomes available, FOX 17 will bring that to you.

devon-morrison-new-e1379277734888BELDING, Ionia County -  Investigators are shutting down an intersection near the Flat River as they continue their search for 10-year-old Devon Morrison.

A FOX 17 News crew near Morrison’s home said crews shut down the intersection of Ashland and Norton in Belding at about 12:45pm Monday.  Officers can be seen converging in that area.

“Police tape just went up to close the bridge.  Investigators aren’t talking at this point,” said FOX 17′s Deanna Falzone.

Dive teams left the water at about 1:00pm.  A news conference is scheduled for 2:00pm.

The child went missing from his home Saturday.  Search crews have been looking for him ever since.

As soon as we get more information, we will post it on fox17online.com.

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