AUBURN (WGME) – Auburn police and fire rescue crews will continue searching today for a five-year-old boy who fell in the river along with his 9-year-old brother.
“Our focus is strictly on the water, within the river itself.” Auburn police said a five-year-old boy is still missing after he and his brother fell into the Androscoggin River while playing near Bonney Park. Residents said the situation is horrifying.
Auburn resident and mother Cassandra Lindsey, said, “To come out today and see a new day but still feel heavier emotions and heartache it’s just terrible.”
Police added the nine-year-old brother is still in critical condition, and the rough waters are making the search more difficult.
Auburn Polic Chief Jason Moen, “River conditions are harsh right now. The water is rough and the speed is fast. There’s a different variability of currents. Divers are having a tough time right now because of this type of water we experience every spring.”
School officials said the news is especially sad because the family is new to the area.
“They did register at Sherwood Heights on Monday,” said Auburn City School Superintendent Katy Grondin, “Sherwood Heights Elementary, and they were supposed to start school today.”
Residents said the worst part is the growing wait for answers.
“My heart breaks,” concluded Lindsey. “When you go through something like that everybody just wants to help, but at the same time, you are trying to help yourself to understand why and not place the blame on somebody else.”