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UPDATE: Victims Identified, 5 year old drowns, man still missing; search continues along the Black River

The boy who drowned has been identified as Zachary Finley of High Street in Watertown. Search parties are still looking for 47-year-old Edward Lee Whitfield III of 111 E. Lynde St.
Updated - Monday, April 29 at 1:21 p.m.

Watertown (WSYR-TV) – Watertown Police have revealed the identities of a 5-year-old boy who drowned in the Black River on Saturday, as well as the missing man who tried to rescue him.

The boy who drowned has been identified as Zachary Finley of High Street in Watertown.

Search parties are still looking for 47-year-old Edward Lee Whitfield III of 111 E. Lynde St.

The say Whitfield jumped in the river trying to save the boy.

He was last seen wearing red pants and a red and white striped shirt.

Police say they will continue to launch periodic searches for Whitfield.


Watertown (WSYR-TV) -- A 5-year-old boy is dead and a man is still missing after a drowning incident on Saturday evening.

Crews are still searching Black River for the 47-year-old man, who reportedly jumped in the water to save the child.

Watertown Police Lt. Frank Derrigo said it started around 6:38 Saturday night during a fishing trip, when the young boy fell into Black River near West Main Street in Watertown.

A 47-year-old man, who Derrigo says was a family friend of the child, jumped in the water to save the boy. Hours later, the boy was found downriver in the Village of Glen Park. The medical examiner pronounced him dead around 8 p.m. Saturday night.

The STAR dive team conducted a search of the area for the missing man on Sunday morning, but they were unable to locate him. Volunteers from local fire departments will now conduct a shoreline search along Black River through Sunday night.

Investigators are not releasing the names of those involved, as they continue searching for more details in the case.


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