Efforts are underway to locate a missing boy in New York City after the tragic discovery of his friend’s deceased body in a nearby river.
Alfa Barrie, aged 11, and Garrett Warren, aged 13, were reported missing on consecutive days, according to Deputy Chief Brian Gill of the New York Police Department (NYPD) during a press conference.
Extensive video surveillance analysis was conducted across Manhattan, revealing footage of the boys leaving one of their residences on Friday. Their last sighting was near 145th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem at around 6 p.m. on that day, confirming their close friendship.
Barrie was reported missing on Sunday, while Warren’s disappearance was reported on Monday afternoon, as stated by Deputy Chief Gill.
Tragically, Warren’s family has confirmed that his body was discovered in the East River on Thursday morning. The NYPD has now focused its search efforts on the vicinity of the river.
An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted on Warren’s body on Friday to determine the cause of death, according to WABC-TV.
Upon learning of their son’s fate, Warren’s family experienced profound disbelief and emotional distress. Community activist Jackie Rowe-Adams described the mother’s collapse upon receiving the devastating news.
The godmother of the deceased boy expressed the challenging circumstances faced by both families, appealing for prayers and support.
Barrie’s sister, Fatima Diallo, revealed that her brother left school early on Friday, intending to walk home with a family member. She emphasized their bewilderment and described him as a kind-hearted young boy, according to CBS affiliate WCBS-TV.
As the search efforts persist, Barrie’s family remains hopeful, with the community rallying together in support. Their determination to find him has not wavered, as they continue to comb the area in search of any clues.
The families of both missing boys are united in their plea for prayers and assistance during this trying time, as they cling to hope for a positive outcome.