Body of Missing Local Boy Found

By: Jeanny Lavache

The body of a missing local boy was found Monday evening at around 6:15 in a flooded ditch along the 1900 block of NW 14th Avenue.

According to Gainesville police the boy, Gordon T. Butler, 14, was walking home in a heavy downpour of rain when he became confused and walked into a ditch and drowned.

Parts of the city were flooded, particularly the northern part, largely due to the flooding in Hogtown Creek. Several roads and home were under 2 to 3 feet of water. The bridge on County Road 325, three miles southeast of Gainesville was washed out.

Lisa Butler, of 1821 NW 10th Avenue, received a call around 4 pm from her son, Gordon, saying he planned on stopping at Bernard Quinn’s house, a friend, before coming home and would not be home until 4:30 p.m.

When Lisa Butler did not hear from Gordon at 5 p.m. she called the Quinn residence and was told her son had left for home at around 4:15 p.m. She then called her husband, Thomas Butler, who called the police and reported their son missing.

Police say Gordon Butler had been dead for two hours before his body was found by Patrolman Ralph Brannon.

By 5:30 p.m. the rained had stopped, but the water in the Hogtown Creek area of the city continued to rise until 7:30 p.m. and then started to recede at about 9 p.m.

According to James Taylor, forecaster, there had been 7.4 inches of rain in the city in a 24-hour period. Taylor said the forecast for the next two days would be cloudy and mild weather with highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 50s.

According to Ernest Daniels, city street superintendent, the northwest section, the lowest part of the city, is still flooded, but it did not appear that the city streets were badly damaged. Daniels said normal travel should be resumed through northwest area in two days.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made for Gordon.

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