RALEIGH, N.C. – Searchers found the bodies of two young brothers in the Dan River on Friday, three days after the boys disappeared from their grandparents' home near the storm-swollen stream.
Jacob White, 3, and Jeffrey White Jr., 4, were reported missing Tuesday afternoon from the home near Danbury, about 120 miles west of Raleigh. Police dogs tracked their' scents to the nearby river.
The children's bodies were found about 5 miles downstream from their home after an around-the-clock search effort along the river and the area's hilly, rocky terrain.
"It's definitely a tragedy," said Brad Cheek, assistant emergency management director for Stokes County. "It's not the outcome we wanted."
The boys' bodies were about 100 yards apart, submerged in the water, said Monty Stevens, Stokes County emergency management director. He said one of them was wearing different clothing than the family had described.
The boys' grandfather, Paul White, had told WGHP-TV that the boys had pushed out a screen window on Tuesday afternoon and ran from the house.
"I couldn't catch them, and they got away from us," he said.
Members of the boys' family declined to comment Friday after the bodies were found.
North Carolina was drenched with storms last week, including the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto, that flooded streets, churned rivers and sent some streams spilling over their banks.