Crews find body of missing teen in Big Blue River

Photo courtesy of Brittany Armstrong
Photo courtesy of Brittany Armstrong

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – The body of Jason Moran was found Sunday morning after he went missing in the Big Blue River in Edinburgh.

Seventeen-year-old Jason Moran’s body was recovered at approximately 10:22 a.m., near the face of the dam where he was last seen. The water had receded, allowing divers to get closer the dam.

Searchers embrace after many long hours of searching the river. (WISH Photo/Jessica Smith)
Searchers embrace after many long hours of searching the river. (WISH Photo/Jessica Smith)

Five teens were swimming in the water and one was swept over the dam on Friday. Two of the teens were rescued by passersby.

Police said Jason K. Moran, 17, Sarah Mae Mclevish, 16, Michael Chadbourne, 16, Trent Crabb, 17, and Mark Nally, 18, all of Franklin, were the teens swimming in the Big Blue River.

Rescue workers combed the river all day Friday and Saturday, but say high water levels have made it difficult to get close to the dam. Officials were hopeful that conditions on Sunday would allow them to search  for Moran in the area near the dam.

The teams switched to recovery mode Friday afternoon, meaning they didn’t believe Moran was alive.

All of the teens involved in this incident went to Franklin Community High School.

Students showed their support by posting photos and words of encouragement to social media during the search efforts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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