- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says an autopsy determined that a 3-year-old boy drowned in the Illinois River.

The body of Ravante L. Ward was found Friday in the river in Peoria. Ingersoll says the boy was one of eight children brought from a daycare center to a riverside recreation center for a day trip.

Ingersoll tells the (Peoria) Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1TKGZwl ) that the investigation into the child’s death is continuing, and a coroner’s inquest will be scheduled.

Police spokeswoman Amy Dotson said earlier that officers were called to the area after adults who noticed the boy was missing found him in the water.

The river is well above flood stage.

The Park District, which owns the site, says one of its lifeguards performed CPR on the boy.


Information from: Journal Star, https://pjstar.com

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