UPDATE: MARRERO, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana are preparing to drain part of a canal in a heavily wooded park near New Orleans in a search for the remains of a missing child.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto told reporters that it’s part of an effort to bring some sense of closure to the family of 4-year-old Ellis Baudean.
The child went missing Thursday evening in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and is believed to have fallen into the water.
The mother jumped into the murky water but was unable to find him.
(AP) (July 19, 2021 11:58 a.m.) — Search crews are entering their fifth day on the water in a national park in Louisiana in hopes of finding the body of a 4-year-old boy who went missing.
WVUE-TV reports that Ellis Boudean disappeared in the water at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Thursday.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says Ellis, who has autism, was last seen with a parent as they visited the area that’s mostly dense swamp land.
A sheriff’s spokesperson says authorities are fairly confident that his body is in the water.
Sheriff’s officials say the area is covered in dense vegetation and teeming with potentially dangerous wildlife, including snakes and alligators.