LOWELL – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Lowell Police Superintendent Barry Golner and Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Christopher Mason have confirmed the body of Harry Kkonde, the 3-year-old boy who was reported missing yesterday in Lowell, was located today by a Massachusetts State Police Diver in a pond off Varnum Avenue.
On Tuesday, June 14, at about 9:30 a.m., Lowell Police received a report that a 3-year-old boy was missing from a residence on Freda Lane in the Pawtucketville neighborhood. The boy was dropped off at the home by his parents at about 7 a.m. and was last seen by a neighbor in the yard at about 9:15 a.m.
Officers responded and began an immediate search of the home and surrounding area, quickly expanding the search when the boy was not found.
This morning, the multi-agency search resumed covering approximately 4.7 square miles around where the boy was last seen. At approximately 1:10 p.m. a member of the Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery Unit located Harry in approximately 5 feet of water in a pond a short distance from where he was reported missing. There was no obvious trauma to the body.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing and includes attempts to learn what time and how Harry entered the water. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.
The following agencies assisted in the search, response and support of the investigation into Harry’s whereabouts: FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Regional Response Team, K-9 Unit, and Incident Management Assistance Team; the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing, Dive Team, Mounted Unit and Special Emergency Response Team (SERT); the Lowell Fire Department; Lowell Department of Planning and Development; Middlesex Sheriff’s Department; Dracut Police Department; Tyngsborough Police Department and Fire Department; Andover Fire Department; UMass Lowell Police Department; Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; the National Park Service; Environmental Police; PRIDEStar EMS; Lowell General Hospital Paramedics; the Executive Officer of Public Safety and Security; the State Fire Marshal’s Office; and the American Red Cross; Lowell Police Academy; Lowell Department of Public Works.
Additionally the Lowell City Manager’s Office assisted in providing resources, and Lowell First Church of Nazarene and the Lowell Elks also offered logistical support of this effort.
Any additional inquiries about this matter should be directed to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.