The bodies of two young boys, who went missing in Townsville overnight, have been found in a river.
The brothers, aged three and five, went missing from a home on Brett Street in Cranbrook at around 5.30pm on Monday, triggering Queensland Police to release an amber alert for assistance in locating the boys.
However police later confirmed that the boys’ bodies had been found in the Ross River near Cranbrook park shortly before 6am on Tuesday. In a statement, they said that officers had “sadly located the bodies of two boys who went missing from Cranbrook yesterday”.
It’s understood the boys might’ve been swimming in the Ross River before getting in trouble, as CCTV footage captured the boys walking along Brett Street towards Ross River on Monday afternoon.
Queensland Police issued several emergency alert for the two brothers late last night, urging residents living along the river to check their backyards, and the boys’ mother also posted a desperate plea on Facebook pleading with locals to help locate her sons.
“Asking everyone to please temporarily change there profile picture [sic],” she wrote. “Use the photo on my profile till the babies are found.”
She added: “Please send these photos viral. I thank all who has put themselves out to help find these 2 wonderful boys.”
“Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance. The Queensland Police Service extend their condolences to the family during this tragic time,” the department concluded.