The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Iowa

July 2, 2014

Body of Iowa teen swept into storm sewer found

CEDAR RAPIDS — Searchers recovered the body of a teenager who was swept into a storm drain in Cedar Rapids by fast-moving flood waters, a tragic end to an intense daylong search, authorities said Tuesday.

Firefighters searching by boat found the body of 17-year-old Logan Blake in Cedar Lake near downtown Cedar Rapids. The body was in 3 feet of water, about 75 yards from where he came out of a pipe after traveling more than a mile through the storm sewer system.

Blake was with friends Monday evening on the grounds of an elementary school when he was pulled into the open drain by water that flooded the neighborhood as a result of torrential rains that overwhelmed the sewer system. The three were planning to play Frisbee after an intense rain and wind storm when Blake may have fallen into a culvert that was obscured by the high waters.

His 17-year-old friend, David Bliss, went in the culvert to try to save Blake, but he was also dragged into the drain. Bliss traveled in the drain for more than one mile before emerging in Cedar Lake. He was shocked but able to walk to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. The third friend flagged down a vehicle to call 911.

Firefighters, police officers, city workers and volunteers searched the sewer system and lake for Blake on Monday night and all day Tuesday, before the discovery of his body at about 4 p.m. The body is being taken to a local hospital and the state medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Jim Coyle, who was Blake's pastor and is a chaplain for Cedar Rapids fire and police, said the teen's parents are mourning the loss of "an incredible son" who was going to be a senior at Washington High School. He said Blake was a "very strong, very active kid" with many friends, a steady girlfriend and a strong devotion to family.

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