TRAGEDY AT YERRABI POND: Bodies of mother and young son found as police search for another missing child
The missing boy that the police are looking for was first reported to be a girl until that information was rectified by them
GUNGAHLIN, CANBERRA: The bodies of a mother and her young son were discovered in Yerrabi Pond in Canberra, a well-known recreation area with a walking path and a skating rink. A second young boy is still reportedly missing, and police are fearful for his safety. It has been reported that both the boys are younger than 10 years, as per Daily Mail.
Following the shocking discovery of a woman's body and a boy who is believed to be her son by the police, the search for another boy was immediately launched. Yerrabi Pond at Gungahlin is currently being searched after the bodies were discovered there on Saturday, November 5 at around 8 am. The missing boy that the police are looking for was first reported to be a girl until that information was rectified by them. Police believe the dead woman is also the mother of the missing boy, about whom they are reportedly gravely concerned.
Daily Mail reported that the police are not only searching the waters, but also the surrounding bushland. It is said that the State Emergency Services have come to assist in the scene with approximately 30 police personnel already part of the search.
Detective Superintendent Hall O' Meagher of ACT Policing has released a statement. He has mentioned that there is a land and water search underway to find the missing boy. When a worried bystander called the police to report that he had seen what appeared to be a body in the lake in the early morning, he had said to the reporters that the men had already arrived at the scene.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted O’ Meagher as having said, “It’s obviously a tragic situation, it’s still very early days and it’s unfolding,” he said. “We’re making inquiries with the family of these deceased people. They’re assisting us with our inquiries at this time. Our thoughts go out to them and also to the responding police who have had to deal with this tragic circumstance. We’re asking for any member of the public who has information in relation to the circumstances of this matter to come forward and call Crime Stoppers.”
O'Meagher has also informed that counseling has been made available for all rescue personnel involved.