Questions about search for missing boy found dead in pool
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Questions continue to surface after the search for an 11-year old boy ended when he was found dead at the bottom of a murky swimming pool.
Rescue crews found the body of Frederick Fitzgerald Jr. at the bottom of the pool, at the Shannon Townhomes on Windowmere Avenue, on Sunday, a day after the search began.
Crews searched the area by the pool Saturday, so why didn’t they find the boy’s body until the next day?
CBS 6 questioned police, who told us the water in the pool was so murky that they couldn’t see the bottom. And even though they did a grid search of the pool using poles Saturday night, the water conditions complicated their rescue efforts.
The father of the boy said he jumped into the pool Saturday night in an attempt to find his missing son.
Frederick Fitzgerald Sr. told CBS 6 reporter Tracy Sears the pool was cloudy and he was unable to see the bottom.
Police said they are investigating to determine if the PH level in the pool was correct. They said that could’ve made the water cloudy. Firefighters said pool water is supposed to be clear enough to see the grates on the bottom.
They say if you can’t see them, you shouldn’t get in the water.
CBS 6 will continue to follow this story.