Fears for missing boy Ellis Boudean, 4, who went missing in ‘dangerous’ swamp
LOUISIANA Police are looking for a 4-year-old boy who went missing on Sunday evening after going missing in a lake.
Ellis Boudean was last seen Thursday evening with his mother and sister when he disappeared from Lafitte National Historical Park around 5:30 p.m.
Authorities believe Ellis entered the water with no one looking at him as he began to struggle.
Reports suggest his mother quickly attempted to retrieve him but, after a number of unsuccessful attempts, called 911.
Local authorities immediately launched a full-scale search mission, fearing the boy had drowned in the “dangerous” swamp.
However, despite an exhaustive search for the 4-year-old throughout Friday, they only recovered a shoe floating in the water.
On Friday morning, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were fairly confident the boy was in the water and would continue to search the area.
“We currently have no evidence that the child is on land, and research efforts are now focused on the region’s waterways.
“The land in the area where the child was last seen has been thoroughly searched by several parties.
“Although access to the park is not restricted at the moment, keep in mind that the area is a nature reserve.
“It’s swampy, covered in dense vegetation, and teeming with potentially dangerous wildlife, including snakes and alligators.”
The four-year-old, with autism, was visiting the park with his mother and 3-year-old brother when they stopped to fly a kite, according to a family member.
As the boy’s mother repaired the kite, the youngster headed for the river.
Her mother only reacted after hearing what she thought was a “splash” and couldn’t find it.
Ellis’ sister Bryanna Aguilard told reporters the trio came to the park because they wanted to stop and enjoy nature.
“I love the trails,” she says.
“They loved to run on the trails, so she stopped.
“She just wanted them to have fun before they got home. She was getting the kite ready and not even 45 seconds (until the boy was gone).”
Research continued on Friday night as researchers brought in portable generators and lights and set up tents.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto confirmed that “at this point it’s a salvage mission,” adding that there is no evidence the child has resurfaced.
The investigation is ongoing.