Swiss authorities said Friday they have found the body of a 12-year-old American boy who apparently fell into a torrential waterfall during an outing last month.

Noah Kriese of Greenwood, Indiana, has been missing since he disappeared during the May 22 excursion to the Truemmelbach falls at Lauterbrunnen.

The body was recovered from a net stretched across the mouth of the Truemmelbach gorge and was identified by DNA testing at the Forensic Medicine Institute of the University of Bern, said a statement by the investigating magistrate.

Kriese's family in Indiana said they had been informed and that steps were being taken to have the body returned to the United States.

The family statement said word had come from the U.S. Embassy in Bern and the Swiss police.

"Weather and water conditions have allowed the recovery of his body from the Truemmelbach falls earlier than had been expected," it said.

The magistrate said it was impossible to reconstruct exactly what happened.