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Update – 12:30 a.m. (KMOX)  -  The search for missing 12-year old  Christopher Marks has been suspended. Missouri Highway Patrol tells KMOX, crews conducted aerial, ground and sonar water searches all day, with negative results. Christopher was last seen Sunday evening around 7:30 in the Meramec River at Pacific Palisades Park. His family says he is a boy scott and has had wilderness training.

Divers and dogs will resume their search again at daybreak.

Update – 1:50 p.m. - According to Affton-Shrewsbury Patch, Marks’ great-aunt Donna Sherman said family members were told that police do not believe Christopher’s body is in the immediate area of the river where the incident occurred. Twelve hours of searching has not resulted in any evidence or clues.

Update, 10:00 a.m. - Marks was at the Meramec River with his stepfather Todd Combs and seven other children, ranging in age from 12 to 16, according to his great aunt, Donna Sherman of Sunset Hills.

“He’s just a very outgoing kid,” Sherman said. “He likes being outside. He likes swimming. He’s just a good kid.”

Update, 8:17 a.m. – A short time ago, dogs traced the scent of the youngster to the edge of the Meramec River. Divers are being brought in to begin a water search.

PACIFIC, Mo. (KMOX) -  An “Endangered Person Advisory” has been issued for a missing 12-year-old  Missouri boy.

Nobody’s seen nor heard from Christopher Marks since 7:30 p.m. Sunday when he headed off to a nearby area called the Palisades to use a rope swing on the Meramec River.

Marks will enter seventh-grade later this month at Rogers Middle School in the Affton School District. Rogers Middle School principal Jeff Remelius described Christopher as a “great kid, student, and friend” and offered his support to authorities.

Christopher Marks is described as a white male standing 5’3″ to 5’4″, weighing 130 lbs.

He has brown hair, a medium complexion, and was wearing blue or black shorts with no shirt or shoes.

Anyone who believes they’ve seen Christopher Marks or have any information concerning his whereabouts should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency, or call the St. Louis County police department at (314) 615-5360.

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