The search for a missing four-year-old boy ended on Monday afternoon, when his body was discovered on the shores of Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.
Mohamed Fofana, a South Boston school child, was reported missing on Sunday, May 14, which also sadly happened to be Mother’s Day.
The extensive search efforts included divers exploring the waters, helicopters scanning the coastline, a Boston firefighter drone inspecting the shoreline, and police searching the ground around the Castle Island playground where the boy had gone missing. Detectives also analyzed surveillance footage to track the young boy’s movements after he left the playground.
State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio confirmed that the body found was indeed that of Fofana. State Police Crime Scene Services were also present to document the recovery.
Fofana disappeared around 7 pm on Sunday while at a Castle Island playground with his older sister and grandfather, Soleymane Fofana. When his granddad couldn’t locate him – he was known to wander off occasionally – he called 911. Search operations began just before 9:30 pm. The search continued overnight and resumed on Monday morning.
Spectacle Island, located over a mile away from Castle Island, is one of several beaches that surround Boston Harbor.
On Monday morning, Mohamed’s mother, Matenjay Fofana, and his grandfather made a public plea for assistance in locating the child, releasing two photos of him. They shared that Mohamed was on the autism spectrum, had sickle cell disease, and was non-verbal.
Massachusetts State Police detectives continue to investigate the young boy’s death.