The body of a 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing on Thursday has reportedly been found.
The body, which matches Trevyan Rowe’s description, was recovered from the Genesee River late Sunday, police revealed in a press conference.
The teen was last seen exiting the school bus Thursday morning. He did not enter James PB Duffy School Number 12 in Rochester for classes that day.
Rowe had not been seen or heard from since. Family, police, community officials and members began a frantic search afterward.
‘I’m just asking… bring my baby back home,’ Trevyan’s sobbing mother, Carrie Huston, said in a press conference late last week.
Some locals informed police they sighted the teen at the Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge, where the body had been found, 13 ABC reported.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said thousands of people provided information and help in the search for the teen.
‘I am very very sad by this news, which is every parent’s worst fear… my heart and my prayers go out to Trevyan’s family and friends,’ Warren said in a press conference.
‘Trevyan is a very special little boy who was loved. He captured the hearts of our entire community,’ the mayor went on to say.
‘I want to thank the thousands of Rochester citizens who took to the streets in the snow and cold to look for Trevyan.’
Family, friends and locals who kept hope in their hearts to bring Trevyan home safe are now left feeling the devastation.
Trevyan’s uncle, Kent Handy, is placing the blame on the school district for failing to report the teen missing from school early Thursday.
‘They definitely dropped the ball… If they would have just called I don’t think we would be having this conversation right now,’ Handy said, according to 13 ABC.
‘We followed up on every tip and every lead that we received,’ Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli added in the conference.
‘In a case like this, with a missing person, we are trying to find the child as quickly as possible.’
Police say there are no signs of foul play in the case.
An independent investigator has been called to determine more specific details, Rochester City School District Superintendent Barbara Deane Williams said.