The search for a missing 2-year-old ended in tragedy Friday when the boy was found dead in a fast-moving creek behind his home.
Grayson Hill had wandered away from his home in Monroe, Wash., about 12:20 p.m. Friday, Q13 Fox reported. Searchers found his body three hours later in Woods Creek, which runs about 35 feet from the home.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office believes the blonde-haired boy’s death was just a tragic accident, the station reported.
“That heartbreak, that panic,” neighbor Viva Brown told the station. “It’s just instant. Oh, my goodness (you think), ‘Where are they and are they okay?’”
Grayson’s parents called 911 to report him missing shortly after he disappeared, the Seattle Times reported.
The sheriff’s office said the boy’s father was with the swift water team when they found the body, Q13 Fox reported.
“We were able to recover him, the medic tried to work and revive him, but he was gone,” Lt. Rodney Rochon of the sheriff’s office told the station. “He was extremely hypothermic and we were unable to revive him.”
The creek was running high and fast due to recent rains.
Monroe residents announced on Facebook plans to hold a candlelight vigil Saturday to support the boy’s parents.