SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - A child's body was pulled from the Connecticut River on Wednesday afternoon following days of searching for a missing five year-old girl.
Police have been searching for the girl since Saturday, when eyewitnesses told state police that they saw the girl fall off a dock behind a Cove Island Road. The Northwestern District Attorney's office said several adults jumped in but couldn't find her.
Northwestern DA spokesperson Mary Carey told 22News that the recovered body is that of a "young female," and that they presume it to be that of the missing girl. They still have to wait for the Chief Medical Examiner's office to positively verify the identity of the body, however.
She said that the body was found about 500 yards downstream from where the girl reportedly went into the water.
The girl's family has been notified, Carey says.
Multiple rescue divers, Environmental Police boats and State Police helicopters were used in the search, though the river's current was too strong, and that made it difficult to locate her.