Bodies of mom, 35, and her son, 11, are found in New Jersey pond after six-year-old boy was discovered crying nearby and footprints were seen in the snow leading to the water’s edge
- Police discovered the youngster alone in Grace Lord Park in Boonton Tuesday
- They then found the bodies of his mom and brother in the pond ‘with footprints going into the water’, authorities said
- Officials have named those who died as Warda Syed, 35, and Uzair Ahmed, 11
- It is not clear why the trio were at the park and why two of them entered the pond
- Police had been called after a passerby heard the boy screaming out for his mom
The bodies of a mother and her 11-year-old son have been found in a New Jersey pond after her six-year-old boy was discovered screaming out for help nearby.
Police were called to Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening to reports of an unattended child.
The woman’s younger boy, who was unharmed, has not been named by officials.
It is not clear why the mother and her son entered the water, or why the family was at the park.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Morris County Prosecutor for comment.
The bodies of a mother and her young son have been found in a New Jersey river with her six-year-old boy left screaming out for help nearby
Police discovered the youngster alone in Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening. He was unharmed. They then found the bodies of his mom and brother in the pond ‘with footprints, pictured, going into the water’, acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll said
One local, Lexi Finn, told NBC: ‘Who wants to go in the water at this time of year anyway?You don’t want to go in this water at all.’
The bodies were discovered at the top of a waterfall, which flows into the Rockaway River.
Police had been called after a passerby heard the six-year-old screaming out for his mom.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s office said in a statement: ‘This is an active and ongoing joint investigation being conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Boonton Police Department Detective Bureau and Boonton Fire Department Swiftwater Rescue Team.’
It is not clear why the mother and her two sons were at the park and why two of them entered the water
Morris County Sheriff James Gannon said: ‘We’re going to spend some time on this and do a thorough investigation to ensure that we find the facts out as to what happened here.’
Police say the incident appears isolated. They were seen towing a Nissan SUV from the scene.
Acting Morris County Prosecutor Carroll added: ‘It’s obviously a very sad day when children are involved in this type of situation, horrible situation, our deepest condolences go out to the family.’
The bodies were discovered at the top of a waterfall that the Rockaway River flows into. Stock image of Grace Lord Park is pictured