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5-year-old and 81-year-old found dead after fishing trip in Seneca County

Aug 24, 2019

TYRE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say a 5-year-old child and an 81-year-old friend have been found dead after apparently falling into the water during a fishing trip in the Finger Lakes region.

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says divers found the bodies of young Christoph Jones of Auburn and family friend Essie Hall of Cayuga around 9 a.m. Saturday in the town of Tyre.

The two were reported missing Friday night after not returning from their outing. Deputies found a vehicle and fishing equipment at a spot off South Mays Point Road and saw personal items in the water nearby.

Search dogs and a state police helicopter helped in a search that extended until 11 p.m. Friday, then resumed early Saturday.

Investigators believe the fishing buddies slipped off a bank into the water.