Search continues for body of boy missing since Thursday

December 4, 2018
Search and rescue crews comb the Skagit River on Friday for the body of a missing 2-year-old boy.

After suspending the search Monday for a 2-year-old boy presumed missing in the Skagit River since Thursday, crews will resume the search for his body on Tuesday.

After nearly five days of searching for Star Austin Rogers-White, known as Austin, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office is considering the search a recovery mission, Sgt. Tobin Meyer said.

The boy was reported missing about 4 p.m. Thursday after he apparently drove a toy electric vehicle into the Skagit River in the 21000 block of Mann Road near the south fork of the river near Conway.

Over the weekend, a side-scanning sonar used by the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol identified areas of interest in the river in the search for the body, Meyer said.

Crews will return to those sites about 7 p.m. Tuesday, which is low tide, to continue searching, he said.

“We’ll continue to search for as long as we think we have viable leads,” Meyer said.

Search and rescue crews with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, as well as personnel from a variety of other departments, spent the weekend combing the river looking for the boy.

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