UPDATED: Accidental Drowning Ruled Cause of New Brunswick Boys' Deaths
New Brunswick police say Francisco Pereira-Rodas 10, and Devine Nicholas, 11, died from accidental drowning. Their bodies were found in the Raritan River on Monday.
Editor's Note: Previous versions of this story contained incorrect mispellings of of the name of Francisco Pereira-Rodas, as it was provided by authorities. The spelling has been changed as per information provided by the New Brunswick Public School District.
UPDATED: Accidental drowning has been ruled the cause of death for two New Brunswick boys who vanished on Sunday night and were found Monday afternoon in the Raritan River.
Cpt. J.T. Miller of the New Brunswick Police Department said that because the cause of death has been ruled accidental by the Medical Examiner, foul play is not suspected in the case.
An alert went out on Monday morning from the NJ State Police that Francisco Pereira-Rodas 10, of Somerset Street and Devine Nicholas, 11, of Mine Street had gone missing.
Pereira-Rodas's body was discovered first after it washed ashore on the Highland Park side of the river, just below the Albany Street Bridge. Nicholas's body was found in the river a few hours later by police combing the waters.
Autopsies were performed on both boys on Tuesday.
The NJ State Police sent out an alert stating that the two friends were reported missing by their mothers on Sunday night after the boys said they were heading to a nearby park that evening.
According to a report on NJ.com, Nicholas's mother, Carol Leonard, told a reporter that the two boys did not frequent the river area.
According to New Brunswick Police, agencies that assisted with the search for the boys included the New Brunswick Fire Department, the Highland Park Police and Fire departments, the Perth Amboy Police and Fire Department Marine Units, the Somerset County Dive Team, and the New Jersey State Police.
This is a developing storyline. New Brunswick Patch will have more information as it becomes available.