Bodies found in Yerrabi Pond, Canberra
Police have released a photo of a baby boy after a woman and another young boy were found dead in a Canberra waterway.
The bodies were discovered at Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin on the outskirts of Canberra around 8am this morning.
The deceased woman is believed to be the mother of the deceased young boy and the missing young boy.
On Saturday afternoon, police released a photo of the little boy they suspect is still alive.
“ACT Policing is seeking information from the public that may assist them in locating 8-year-old boy Pranav Vivekanandan who is reported missing in the Yerrabi Pond area,” the alert reads.
“While an extensive land and water search for Pranav has been underway since the discovery of two bodies in Yerrabi Pond this morning, the police and family are making this appeal in case he is alive and anyone knows where he is.”
Pranav was described as being of sub-continental Indian appearance, about 110cm (3’7″) tall with short black hair and dark brown eyes.
He might have been wearing an orange T-shirt and light-colored shorts, as well as a jacket.
Serious concerns are being expressed for his well-being, and anyone who may have information that could help police locate him is asked to contact ACT Policing Communications.
ACT Policing Homicide detectives are on scene investigating the incident.
Detective Superintendent of Criminal Investigations Hall O’Meagher said police were desperate for the young boy.
“We have serious concerns for a third person, another young child whom we are currently looking for,” Detective O’Meagher.
“Obviously a tragic situation. It’s still very early, and it’s happening.
Detective O’Meagher said police were alerted by a witness who saw at least one of the deceased in the waterway.
“We have not confirmed the identity or cause of death at this stage, so those details will become apparent as the investigation unfolds,” he said.
AFP Maritime divers, drones, police and SES volunteers on foot search the area.
He said the cause of death is unknown and investigations are ongoing.
“This is a difficult situation for first responders,” concluded Detective O’Meagher.
“You can be assured that we have the social support to deliver this to these offices today and in the days to come.”