UPDATE: Family is reporting the boy was located safely.
The family said: “My son has been found thank the lord and the Rockford police officers. He was put on the wrong bus shame on 205 he is only 5 and just drop him off no one was there thanks to my good neighbors”
Sources are reporting the Rockford Police are currently searching for a missing child from Haskel School
The child is described as a black male, 4 foot, 80 lbs, wearing a blue shirt, blue pants, and blue shoes. Last seen wearing a Nike backpack.
No photo available at the time of posting this. Still developing
A 25-year-old man from Rockford was traveling on the Cherry Valley Path near Cherry Valley Woods Dr. in Cherry Valley. Police were called to the area around 6:30 Thursday night when his motorized wheelchair got caught in water.
Part of the path goes under Interstate 39, the man was traveling under I-39 when he ran into some standing, runoff water and got stuck in the water.
Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says he could not get himself free from the water/wheelchair due to being strapped into his motorized wheelchair.
He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy will be released later today.
His name has not been released. but police are asking for your help in the investigation.
If you saw a 25-year-old Hispanic man in a motorized wheelchair in the neighborhoods around Harrison Avenue and Mulford Road, you’re asked to call the Cherry Valley Police Department at 815-332-3432 or 815-282-2600. Or, Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.
Editors Note: We are now including the medical assists and information for police calls. Local police have been coding violent crimes, under these codes. Example: Rockford’s last few murders have been coded medical assists.