Body Found in Mississippi River Identified as Missing 15-Year-Old Boy Who Drowned While Trying to Save Two Sisters


The body of a 15-year-old boy has been identified as Kevin Poole, one of the three children who went missing in the Mississippi River on April 23.

A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department, which did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, said that the teen’s body was found in the river around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, reported CBS affiliate WWL-TV.

Poole’s mother told the outlet that her son’s identity was confirmed by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

Ally Berry Wilson and Brandy Wilson | CREDIT: GOFUNDME

“Today’s news about the recovery of 15-year-old Kevin Poole Jr.’s body from the Mississippi River is absolutely heartbreaking,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“No parent should have to endure the tragedy of losing a child. Words can never be enough in such a devastating moment,” Cantrell continued. “​​My thoughts and my prayers are with his family at this time as they will be for some time to come.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Maria Pasquini