Missing 2-year-old boy found dead in Snohomish County
MONROE, Wash. -- A missing 2-year-old boy was found dead Friday afternoon, several hours after he was reported missing from his Snohomish County home.
Grayson Hill's parents called 911 at 12:40 p.m. to report the boy missing, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Officials believe he wandered away from his house.
Ground and air crews spent several hours searching the area near the 12700 block of Woods Creek Road. Just before 4 p.m., deputies announced they had found the boy's body in a creek that runs roughly 35 feet from his home, according to the sheriff's office.
"It's just an extremely tragic, sad ending to a case," said Snohomish County Sheriff's Lt. Rodney Rochon. "It's gonna affect everyone. Nobody likes it when we come out and we do a recovery. And we really don't like it when it's a child. That's the hardest one."
Officials say the creek is running high and fast due to recent heavy rainfall.
"With as much water as we've had, it runs so fast. And there's undercut along the banks a lot. And you can step on the bank and actually sink into the creek," said Viva Brown, who lives in the area. "For a 2-year-old, it would be absolutely ice cold. And devastating. It's just so sad."
Grayson's father was on the search team and identified the body, according to the sheriff's office.
The boy's death left neighbors like Brown shocked and heartbroken. The boy's family moved into their home within the past couple of months, she said.
"We all hoped for a better outcome. So, it's just a devastating day and so sad for everyone," Brown said.
About 70 people were on scene for the search, including units from Monroe Fire District 3, Snohomish County Fire District 7, and Monroe Police Department.