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CORY BYKNISH | Herald

UPDATED at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday.

WHEATLAND — After a day-long search Wednesday, first responders found the body of Isaac Green, 18, of Farrell, in the Shenango River.

The body has been in the river since Monday, according to officials at the search scene. First responders discovered the man's body about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Hermitage Fire Department's water rescue team and police from multiple agencies in southwestern Mercer County searched throughout the day along the Shenango River for Green. Acker said Green was believed to be a passenger in Monday's car chase and ensuing manhunt, however Wednesday's search was treated as a "full scale search and rescue" operation.

Green's family was at the search scene until his body was found. 

Mercer County District Attorney Peter Acker said law enforcement has learned that all three men entered the Shenango River Monday in an attempt to elude police, but added that Green and the third passenger couldn't swim.

The one able swimmer, Travis Brandt, has been apprehended by police. Acker said the third passenger, who has not been publicly identified, has been heard from and is believed to be safe. 

Acker said that he, Farrell detective Capt. Chuck Rubano and a public defender spoke to Brandt just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Mercer County Jail. Brandt told them that all three clung to each other as they attempted to cross the river Monday, but deep water and a strong current caused the other two men to turn back.

The search and rescue operation began on the Shenango River near the end of Church Street, behind Kelly Pipe Co. and Yourga Trucking, where Farrell police pursued the stolen car. Acker said the search then expanded downriver toward West Middlesex. 

Hermitage Fire Department's water rescue team was participating in the search, along with police and fire from Hermitage, Farrell, Sharon and Shenango Township. Hermitage police has patrol responsibilities in Wheatland under a contract between the two municipalities.

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