A mother and her 11-year-old son were found dead last Tuesday in a river in New Jersey. Near the two corpses, the other child was found desperately asking for help when he saw his mother and brother without signs of life.
Police received a call shortly after 5:30 p.m. when a six-year-old boy was wandering and screaming alone in the upper section of the Grace Lord Park pond, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office told NBC News.
Police reached the Rockaway River and shortly thereafter found the bodies of a 35-year-old woman and a child, believed to be about 11 years old. Both corpses were in the water
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Morris County Acting Attorney Robert Carroll said first responders “They found footprints walking towards the water” and the bodies at the top of the waterfall into which the river flows. The other boy left alone along the riverbank was unharmed, according to authorities.
Investigators are still trying to find out why the mother and son were in the river. It was not immediately clear whether it was a tragic accident, a suicide or a double homicide.
“Who wants to go to the water at this time of year?” asked neighbor Lexi Finn, adding that that pond is not clean. “You don’t want to get into this water at all. “
The identities of the mother and both children have yet to be revealed. An investigation is underway by the Boonton District Attorney’s Office and the Boonton Police and Fire Departments.
“We are going to spend some time on this and do a thorough investigation to make sure we find out what happened here.” Morris County Sheriff James Gannon said.