Body of Missing Child Found Near Dam
A seven year old boy who went missing in the Ohio River on Sunday around 4:30 p.m. was discovered in the water near the wall of the Hannibal Locks and Dam around 4 a.m. on Wednesday by family members.
According to Monroe County, Ohio sheriff Charles Black, officials had suspended the search for the boy around 1 a.m. with the intention of continuing the search later in the morning. However, he said family members requested to keep searching. The family had a boat and were searching near the wall of the dam when they discovered the boy’s body.
“My deputies were just pulling in to check equipment we had left there, and they were advised they found what they thought was the body, and it was the body of the 7-year-old,” said Sheriff Black.
The boy and his nine year old brother had been playing in the River on Sunday when the younger child fell of a sandbar where the water was estimated to be about 20 feet deep.
“There was a sandbar where they were playing at the end of the water. The uncle yelled for them to come back and the 7-year-old walked off to the right out of sight and unknowing to the 7-year-old there was a drop-off at that point — I believe they said it was about a 20-foot straight drop. The little boy was wearing muck boots, pants and a coat,” he said.
Sheriff Black added he believes that the boys boots played a role as they probably filled up with water and took him to the bottom.
According to Black his nine year old brother tried to get him but was not able as neither boy could swim. He got out of the water and went to family members for help.
The Wetzel County coroner was contacted, sincethe Ohio River is under West Virginia’s jurisdiction.
Black said foul play is not suspected in the boy’s death.
Multiple entities on both sides of the river had been involved in search efforts since the disappearance.
Black said they are relieved that the family has closure in this “horrific and tragic” accident.