Search ends for toddler misplaced in Pennsylvania flash flood that killed sister, mom and 4 others

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. — The energetic search has ended for a 9-month-old boy swept away in a flash flood that killed his 2-year-old sister and mom in addition to 4 different folks in southeastern Pennsylvania earlier this month, authorities mentioned Wednesday.

Divers discovered no signal of Conrad Sheils’ physique after they searched the final remaining areas the place the flooded creek enters the Delaware River. Search canine had been used to scour islands within the river in addition to its banks, whereas marine items scanned the river and each the Pennsylvania and New Jersey banks, Higher Makefield Township police mentioned.

“At this level, we’ve got exhausted all technique of making an attempt to find Conrad,” police mentioned in a Fb submit late Wednesday afternoon. “With damaged hearts, we regretfully announce that the energetic seek for Conrad has concluded.”

A whole bunch of individuals took half within the search with the help of canine, boats, divers, sonar, air items and drones in addition to heavy tools, police mentioned.

Final weekend, the physique of Conrad’s sister Matilda Sheils was discovered within the river close to a Philadelphia wastewater remedy plant, about 30 miles away from the place the flash flood slammed into the household’s automotive on July 15. That they had traveled from they house in Charleston, South Carolina, to go to relations and pals within the space, and had been on their option to a barbeque.

The kids’s father, Jim Sheils, grabbed the the couple’s 4-year-old son, whereas their mom, 32-year-old Katie Seley, and a grandmother grabbed the opposite youngsters, Brewer mentioned. Sheils and the older boy made it to security, however Seley and the grandmother had been swept away together with the youthful youngsters. The grandmother survived however the mom died.

“Though, right now, we had been unable to reunite Conrad along with his loving household, he’ll endlessly reside in our hearts and he won’t ever be forgotten,” police mentioned Wednesday.

Police mentioned the household had been made conscious and had expressed “deepest gratitude” to everybody who helped with the search, and to all others for his or her “outpouring of affection, assist, and type phrases throughout this extraordinarily troublesome time,” police mentioned.

4 different folks drowned within the flooding about 35 miles north of Philadelphia, in line with the Bucks County Coroner’s workplace: Enzo Depiero, 78, and Linda Depiero, 74, of Newtown; Yuko Love, 64, of Newtown; and Susan Barnhart, 53, of Titusville, New Jersey. Ten different folks had been rescued from their autos amid the flood, police mentioned.

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