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Bodies of Two Boys Found in Rain-Swollen Creek

July 29, 1986

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) _ Searchers waded through a rain-swollen creek Monday looking for a teen-ager missing a day after the bodies of two of his swimming companions were found, authorities said.

The three boys apparently were caught by an undertow while swimming Sunday in Little Chickies Creek in Mount Joy Township, about 30 miles southeast of Harrisburg, said Mount Joy police officer Frank Aument.

The normally quiet stream was filled by two days of heavy rainfall that inundated homes and busineses in southeast Pennsylvania and forced dozens of evacuations.

Police and relatives of the boys searched until 2 a.m. Monday for Timothy Hake, 13, and came back to look again after daybreak, wading up and down the swift-moving creek in groups.

″I hope this boy will turn up alive somewhere,″ said officer Charles Kraus.

The bodies of Edward Grear, 13, and James Schwanger, 14, were found Sunday, about 50 feet downstream from where their bicycles had been left.

″They were clutched to each other,″ said Bob Geesey, 18, one of the searchers. He said the two bodies were caught in a tree in the middle of the creek, which was littered with tree trunks and branches from a Saturday night downpour.

Residents in local communities dug mud Sunday out of homes, businesses and automobiles and assessing damage from the floods.

As many as 35 families evacuated their homes in Marietta, and more than a dozen people moved out of two apartment buildings Saturday night.

″This hit so fast, there was nothing that anyone could do,″ said Terri Smith, who was away when four feet of water flooded her apartment.

Damage at the Boas Fruit Co. store in Lancaster, where the Little Conestoga Creek overran its bankes, was estimated at $100,000.

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