The body of a child has been recovered from waters off the coast of Long Beach, Long Island, and officials are working to determine whether it is that of the 10-year-old boy who vanished while swimming in the area with his older brother last week.
Officials with the Nassau County Marine Patrol found the body around 12:30 p.m. Sunday off Lincoln Boulevard and brought it to the Nassau County medical examiner’s office, Newsday reported.
The medical examiner is working to positively identify the body, which police say is that of a young African-American male, according to News 12 Long Island.
The discovery of the body comes five days after a 10-year-old Hempstead boy, identified by News 12 Long Island as Ramel McCrae, went missing in the waters off Ocean Beach Park near Edwards Boulevard.
The boy had been swimming unsupervised with his 11-year-old brother about 6 p.m. Tuesday before the siblings became separated, cops said.
The victim’s older brother made it safely out of the water.
The brothers had taken a bus by themselves to the beach before tragedy struck, police said. There were no lifeguards on duty at the time of the incident.
The US Coast Guard and authorities including the NYPD’s Aviation Unit and Dive Unit searched more than 310 nautical miles for a total of 22 hours looking for the boy before the Coast Guard called off the search.
Ramel’s mother has been notified by police of the discovery of the body, News 12 Long Island reported.
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