A child’s body was found Saturday in the Mississippi River north of Minneapolis, authorities said.
And relatives and friends of an 10-year-old boy missing since March 18 are worried that the remains could be Barway Collins of nearby Crystal, Minn. Barway was last seen jumping out of his school’s van outside the apartment building where he lived and has been missing for 3½ weeks.
“I think it’s Barway,” Pastor Harding Smith, who has been a spokesman for the Collins family, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “My heart is very troubled right now.”
Some of the 11-year-old’s neighbors are hoping that Barway still can be found alive.
A group organized to search for Barway found the body around 1 p.m. CT in shallow water about 25 feet from shore, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said. He would not comment on whether the body could be that of the child.
Authorities have said Barway’s father, Pierre Collins, 33, is the primary suspect in his son’s disappearance. But the father has not been charged, and he has said he is innocent.
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SOURCE: USA Today, KARE-TV, Heidi Wigdahl