SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The search for a five year-old girl who fell into the Connecticut River in South Hadley expanded downstream Tuesday, but still negative results.
Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, Dennis Leger, told 22News that fire departments from Agawam, Springfield and Holyoke will now assist in the search. Boats from all departments started canvassing areas north and south of the Holyoke Dam and the Mass Pike bridge on Tuesday morning. Our cameras captured State Police helicopters hovering over the river in Springfield.
According to Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, witnesses say the girl fell into the river Saturday night in a gap between a boat and a dock off Cove Island Road. Despite days of searching in the area she disappeared, she has still not been located, and is presumed to have drowned.
Leger says recent rains have made search efforts difficult.
"The Connecticut River search has ended for today (Tuesday) with negative results; will resume tomorrow (Wednesday)," said Carey.
Jose Fines of South Hadley told 22News, "Everybody is praying for them to find her, or for something to happen. We are praying for the family because I know it's not easy to lose a child. I'm a father myself, it's sad."
The girl, whose name has not yet been released, was from California, and was visiting family members in western Massachusetts.