Neighborhood Reacts to 6-Year-Old Park Drowning


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Neighborhood Reacts to 6-Year-Old Park Drowning

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Aug 27, 2014

 NEENAH, Wis.- Patricia Jaeger loves taking her grandchildren to Riverside Park in Neenah.

"Usually we're here together," said Jaeger.

Today there's a different mood in the air though as she brings her grandson to play.

"I didn't want to come to this park today because of what happened yesterday because I was feeling sad about it," explains Jaeger.

Tuesday night a 6-year-old boy who got away from his mother and went missing was found drowned in the nearby Fox River.  Elijah Vanderhoof was pronounced dead at Theda Clark Medical Center just after 6:00.

"You know your heart goes out to people in a difficult position like that," said Neenah Police Chief, Kevin Wilkinson.

The Neenah Police Department is one of many units called out to search for the missing boy.  They say the community was a big help.

"All they cared about is that there was a missing child and how could they help.  That's the only question they asked, how can I help," said Chief Wilkinson.

For Jaeger she says she knows how easy it is for children to disappear.

"Sometimes they just get away from you.  I don't think it's anybody's fault that it happened, it's just sad," said Jaeger.

The search included Neenah Police, the Winnebago County Sheriff Department, Neenah-Menasha Fire and some concerned members of the community.