The body of a missing 15-year-old boy, who was swept away after jumping into the Mississippi River to save his girlfriend last month, was recovered on Monday, the teen’s family confirmed.
According to WWL-TV, Kevin Poole and two other girls have been missing since being dragged under water near Crescent Park in New Orleans on April 23.
Poole’s body was recovered around 11:15 a.m. and later identified by the Orleans Parish Medical Examiner, the teen’s mother said.
Poole was with his girlfriend Brandy Wilson, 14, her sister Ally Wilson, 8, and her brother, 5, when Brandy slipped on a pole and fell into the river near the Crescent City Connection Bridge, family members have said.
Poole and Ally dove into the torrent to rescue Brandy, but both were pulled underwater. Since then, the two sisters have not been seen. The 5-year-old ran to get help, the outlet said.
According to the girls’ father, the night they were swept away was the first time they were allowed out of the house alone, he told WWL-TV.
After searching 93 miles of the river, the US Coast Guard called off their search for the children.
Local authorities including the New Orleans Police Department and private dive companies have continued searching for the children.
Family members of the children held a vigil on the levee on Monday, Nola.com reported.
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