The Hennepin County medical examiner on Sunday confirmed the body recovered from the Mississippi River during Saturday's search is Barway Collins. Earlier, family spokesperson Pastor Harding Smith told Fox 9's Jonathan Choe that the body found was indeed Barway's.
The search party looking for the missing 10-year-old from Crystal, Minn. said they found the body of a child in the river while searching North Mississippi Regional Park early Saturday afternoon. A member of the search party told Fox 9 the body was spotted by a group of Boy Scouts who had been canvassing the river's edge since 11 a.m.
Collins family spokesperson Pastor Harding Smith confirming body found is 10 year old Barway Collins. Presser at 4:30pm— jonathan choe (@choefox9) April 12, 2015
At 4:45 p.m., Hennepin County sheriff Rich Stanek held a news conference, with the Crystal police chief at his side. The sheriff confirmed a 911 call sent deputies to the park at about 1 p.m. after an organized search effort discovered a body about 20 feet from shore, near 53rd Avenue N. and Lyndale Avenue N.
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Saturday's search was organized by the Liberian community of the Twin Cities.
Barway Collins had been missing since the afternoon of March 18. The police investigation has focused on what happened after Barway left a school van in front of the Cedarwood Apartments in Crystal, Minn. In video footage, Barway looks out the window and is heard referring to his father, Pierre Collins, and a man he calls "uncle."
Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering has named Pierre Collins a suspect in the 4th grader's disappearance.