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Body of a missing eight-year-old boy found in a pond north of Canberra

Body of missing eight-year-old boy found in pond north of Canberra

  • The bodies of a woman and a young boy were found in an ACT pond on Saturday
  • Officers searched Yerabi Pond in Canberra’s Gungahlin looking for missing boy

The body of an eight-year-old boy who has been missing since Saturday morning has been found in a pond north of Canberra.

Pranav Vivekanandan was reported missing after the bodies of a woman and a young boy – believed to be Pranav’s mother and brother – were discovered in Yerrabi Pond near Gungahlin.

After two days of searching, the police retrieved the boy’s body from the pond around 11 a.m. on Sunday.

ACT police are investigating the circumstances of the three deaths and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

“At this stage, the police do not believe that any other party was involved,” the police said in a statement.

Police also said there is no danger to the community.

Officers searched the Yerabi pond near Gungahlin in the ACT for Pranav Vivekanandan (pictured)

Officers found the bodies of the woman and other boy on Saturday after a member of the public spotted them in the water, while investigators later recovered a vehicle from a nearby parking lot.

This then led to an urgent search for Pranav in the water and surrounding bushland.

Police searched for him for hours on Saturday afternoon and specialized divers resumed the desperate search early Sunday morning.

“It is clearly a tragic situation,” Chief Inspector Hall O’Meagher told reporters on Saturday.

The photo shows officers searching the Yerabi Pond near Gungahlin in the ACT in search of the boy after the bodies of the woman and boy were found in the water early Saturday.

Divers are pictured seeking the water while other officers scour the surrounding bushland

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“We are inquiring with the families of these deceased people. They are currently helping us with our questions.

“Our thoughts go out to them and also to the responding police who have faced this tragic circumstance,” Detective O’Meagher said.

The cause and manner of death are not yet known and the investigation is ongoing.

“We are asking any member of the public who has information about the circumstances of this case to come forward and call Crime Stoppers.”

State emergency services are pictured at the scene, while 30 police officers also took part in the operation

The bodies of a woman and a boy were discovered when police arrived at the area at 8am (photo, police on scene)

On Saturday, police removed a white Subaru with a child seat in the back from the waterfront, which locals say had been in the park since 4 a.m.

“I opened the gate and saw that it was unlocked with a child seat in the back. I opened the door to see if there were keys (not keys) in it, to move for entry,” local resident Rod Wheatley said on Facebook.

He told reporters that officers received a call from a member of the pubic area when they saw what they believed to be a body in the lake.

Police said there is no continued threat to the community while the next of kin were informed (photos carried out on the spot)

Yerrabi Pond is a popular recreational spot in northern Canberra, with a playground, walking and cycling trails and a skate park.

The water is believed to be cloudy after the recent rain, making it more difficult to search.

It is understood that the police used a drone for a better view.

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