Crews Find Body of Missing Child in the Winooski River

WINOOSKI, Vt. - Winooski Police announced a tragic end to the search for an 11 year old boy, Ali Muhina.

At a press conference in Winooski, police said they recovered a body from the Winooski River at around 4:30 p.m.

Crews had been searching by the hydroelectric station in Winooski for the boy since Tuesday night.

Friends and family looked on Wednesday, during the search for Muhina, his uncle was at the scene. "My brother he is so too much distress… on his wife… also on me we are one family," said Mugrgna Mohamub.

Police say on Tuesday night at around 7 p.m. four children were playing near the river when witnesses told police Muhina fell in. "We were able to confirm that the child did in fact go into the water and not come out," said Chief Rick Hebert, Winooski Police Department.

Because of water conditions the search wrapped up around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, Winooski Police said they used different techniques, including a grid search and sonar, which shows objects under the water.

"You know anytime a child is in danger is something that you never want to hear," said Chief Hebert.

Police say there were some obstacles communicating with the family because of the language barrier, the family is from Kenya.

“We reached out to the refugee resettlement group to try and bring in some support for the family depending on what the news is today. Just to have enough people here that speak their language and to keep them informed every step of the way and to also be supportive during the process," said Chief Hebert.

Police say more information will be released on Thursday.


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