- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Authorities in Yankton worked with state and Nebraska wildlife officials on Tuesday to search for a 6-year-old South Dakota boy they believed drowned in the Missouri River near Yankton after disappearing while fishing with his family.

Lincoln Hilt, of Hurley, went missing about 7:30 p.m. Sunday while fishing from the docks at a city park in Yankton. Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen said Tuesday afternoon that his team was taking over command of the search and was working with officers from Nebraska Game Conservation and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks.

Authorities, who said Monday their goal is now a recovery mission, used helicopters, boats and divers in their search.

The Hilt family had traveled to Yankton to spend Easter with relatives, mother Tina Hilt told KTIV-TV. Lincoln and his sisters received fishing poles in their Easter baskets Sunday morning.

“We were fishing, and then I got a bite, and I looked away for like a minute, maybe a minute and a half,” she said. “Then we looked back, and Lincoln wasn’t there. We thought that maybe he had gone up to the bathroom, so we ran up to search the bathroom, and we noticed his rod wasn’t around.”

Volunteers turned out to help with the search.

“We all came here as one, as a community, to help find this little boy,” volunteer Tara Swanson told KELO.

Viborg-Hurley School Superintendent Roby Sylliaasen told the Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper that there would be counselors available for students as classes resumed Tuesday after the holiday break.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” he said. “We are there for our students. Counselors will be on hand. If we need to call in additional counselors, we will.”

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