Police Confirm Child Found In The C & D Canal Thursday Is The Missing Child From Sunday’s Accident

The Delaware State Police have officially released the names of the victims in Sunday’s crash at the C & D Canal.

The Delaware State Police and the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police have confirmed that the body of 6-year-old Ethan Lindsey has been recovered.

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 8:54 a.m., a 911 call was received advising that a body was seen in the water on the north bank of the C&D canal, approximately .25 miles west of the SR 1 (William V. Roth) Bridge. Officers from the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police responded and located the body of a child on the waters-edge. The deceased child was removed from the water and positively identified as Ethan Lindsey.

Ethan was one of five occupants in a Chevy HHR that traveled off the roadway on the south side of the C&D canal banks, and crashed into the water, west of the SR 1 Bridge, in an incident that occurred at approximately 9:41 a.m., Sunday October 6, 2019. Three other occupants in the vehicle, the driver, 18 year old Willis Lindsey Jr., 16 year old Kyree Lindsey and 12 year old Eric Lindsey also died as a result of the crash. Their bodies were recovered from the canal waters on the date of the incident. A fifth occupant in the vehicle, a 16-year-old female, survived the crash.


Bear -The body of a small child has been recovered by authorities at the C & D Canal this morning.

At around 9:00 Thursday the child was located on the north side of the canal in the same general area where an accident occurred on Sunday.

Authorities have been searching the canal since Sunday for a missing six-year-old after a vehicle he was riding in went into the canal.

Police have not confirmed if the child found Thursday morning is the six-year-old that crews have been searching for.

This is a developing story.

Original Story

A six-year-old child went missing on Sunday after a vehicle he was riding in went into the C & D Canal and submerged underwater.

The incident began at around 9:40 am on Sunday, when 911 dispatchers began receiving reports that an occupied vehicle had entered the water. When Troopers arrived on scene, a 16-year-old girl, found on the bank of the canal, told them that the 18-year-old driver helped her out of the vehicle after the car entered the water and then went back to save the other occupants, ages 16, 12, and 6. Officials said the 18-year-old was found deceased at the scene shortly after their arrival.

After a day-long search, crews located the Chevy HHR  in the canal and removed it from the water. Upon the vehicle being removed from the water, the 16-year-old and the 12-year-old were located still in the vehicle and subsequently pronounced deceased. The 6-year-old was not located in the vehicle and he remained unaccounted.



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