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A search team numbering in the hundreds has found the body of a toddler in 5 feet of water in the Black River.

Nicholas Smith, 2, was reported missing by his mother late Wednesday afternoon. A massive search began immediately. The body was found down a steep embankment on the shore of the Black River 600 yards from his home Thursday just before 5 p.m., police said.

Lewis County Sheriff Gary Jock said the site is considered a crime scene and an investigation continues.

State troopers and Army personnel from nearby Fort Drum assisted in the search. Troopers brought in a dozen bloodhounds to help them. Half a dozen helicopters and divers were also used.

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