Conway, WA – The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a 9-11 call around 4:00 p.m. today in the 21000 block of Mann Road in Conway for a report of a missing 2-year old boy.
The Boy was reportedly last seen playing in a toy power-wheel type car in his backyard, which is also near the Skagit River. Deputies fear the toddler may have accidentally driven the electric car into the Skagit River after his mother turned her back briefly to speak to a neighbor.
Arriving Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputies launched a large-scale search and rescue mission that included ground searchers, a dive team, boats, drones equipped with specialized heat sensing equipment, and a Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island.
After over five hours of intense searching, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office had to make the difficult decision to suspend search and rescue operations until morning, due to safety reasons for the search and rescue teams.
Searchers will return to the area on Friday morning and begin recovery efforts to find the missing toddler.
The mother is said to live on the property with four children and their grandparents and it was not uncommon for the children to play in the yard.