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Parents of teen share heartfelt thanks to volunteers, first responders in search

WATERFORD, NY (WRGB) The parents of Anthony Blaauboer spoke out on social media, giving a heartfelt thanks to all involved in the search for her missing son.

Anthony Blaauboer's body was recovered by a diver late Thursday afternoon in seven feet of water in the area of the 4th Street Bridge.

The 14-year-old was last seen around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Crews searched until almost midnight Wednesday before resuming their search on Thursday morning.

Dozens of community members aided in the search for Blaauboer. At one point, law enforcement said they had more people then needed and asked people to stay off Peebles Island.

Anthony's mother, Michelle, posted on Facebook, thanking Waterford Police, first responders and all the volunteers that came out

"To the Waterford Police and all the other agencies that were involved, thank you. To all the people and establishments who donated food and drinks for the volunteers and for our family, thank you. To everyone who shared on Facebook and media, thank you. For all your prayers, thank you." she writes.

Anthony's father Jeff, posted on Facebook as well, showing appreciation for the response and dedication of law enforcement, search teams and first responders.

"All the teams that were searching, every one of you thought so highly of my son and gave your time to look. Thank you."

The Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District posted a statement, saying "Our school community is saddened by the recent loss of one of our beloved students, Anthony Blaauboer. We remember Anthony as a vibrant and creative young man."

The district says that counselors will be available at the upstairs room of the Visitor’s Center Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-12:00, as well as Monday and Tuesday from 9:00-2:00 at the school

A vigil is also planned Friday evening at the visitor's center at 7:00 PM

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