Nicholas Shaffer – July, 2013


11:56 p.m. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed the body recovered from the Mud Brook behind Timber Top Apartments is that of Nicholas Shaffer, 12, of Hemlock Hills Drive. Shaffer disappeared into the rain-swollen creek Thursday night.

10:07 p.m., UPDATED with family statement

The search for a missing 12 year-old autistic boy is apparently over, with the news no one wanted to hear.

Akron Fire Captain Mark Oziomek, in a statement released Sunday afternoon, says remains “believed to be” of Nicholas Shaffer were found in Mud Brook at about 11:21 a.m. on Sunday. The release does not say where the find was specifically made along Mud Brook.

The Akron Fire Department and Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department were continuing a search that started late Thursday afternoon, when Shaffer fell into the fast-moving waters of Mud Brook, a creek that flows into the Cuyahoga River.

Nicholas Shaffer’s mother tried to save him, but he was quickly swept away from her. Other neighbors also tried to recover the pre-teen boy, but were unsuccessful due to those waters sped and swelled by heavy rains in the Akron area last week.

The search intensified, with as many as 12 departments and a half-dozen water rescue boats searching up and down the water on Thursday and into Friday. Those boats were taken off the search late Friday afternoon, but searches continued otherwise into this weekend.

The family of Nicholas “Nic” Shaffer has released a statement.

“We would like to thank the search and rescue crews and all of the communities that came together and worked so hard to find Nic. Being able to lay him to rest has brought us a certain amount of closure.
We are also grateful to all of our friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who have kept Nic and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received.
While Nic could not speak he always found ways to express his love for the people around him; he will be dearly missed.” (Statement courtesy WKYC Channel 3)


(News release – Akron Fire Department) After three days of extensive searching, the Akron Fire Department water rescue team, along with the assistance of Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department water rescue team, found what they believe to be is the remains of Nicholas Shaffer in Mud Brook, at approximately 11:21 this (Sunday) morning.

We would like to thank all departments, agencies, and citizens that assisted in the effort.

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