Body of missing toddler found in river after devastating flash flood

In a heartbreaking turn of events, the body of a young girl, strongly believed to be 2-year-old Matilda Sheils, has been discovered in the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Matilda and her 9-month-old brother, Conrad, went missing a week ago after being swept away by floodwaters in Bucks County. Tragically, their mother lost her life in the same incident. The recovery of Matilda’s body brings a sense of closure to the family, but the search for Conrad continues.

The Upper Makefield Fire Chief, Tim Brewer, confirmed that the child’s body was found near the city’s wastewater treatment plant after 911 callers reported the discovery. Based on the physical description and clothing found on the child, authorities strongly believe it to be Matilda Sheils. The Philadelphia police marine unit recovered the body, and she was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m.

The child’s body was found 32 miles away from where they were last seen, adding to the tragedy of the situation. The family expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from the community and the tireless efforts of rescue workers. They also requested continued prayers for the safe return of Conrad.

The search for Conrad is ongoing, with Philadelphia police aviation and marine units combing the river. Fire Chief Brewer assured the community that they would not rest until Conrad is found. The incident occurred when a vehicle carrying six people became stranded in floodwaters. The father managed to save a 4-year-old boy, while Matilda and Conrad’s mother and grandmother held onto the two younger children. Unfortunately, all four were swept away, and only the grandmother survived.

The flooding in Washington Crossing resulted in the submersion of 11 vehicles. Within an hour, the area was hit by as much as 7 inches of rain, causing the Delaware River to overflow its banks. Alongside the children’s mother, four other individuals lost their lives in the floods. The victims were identified as Enzo Depiero, 78; Linda Depiero, 74; Yuko Love, 64; and Susan Barnhart, 53.