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  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Police and others gather outside Lowell First Church of the Nazarene after Harry’s body was found. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan speaks at a late afternoon news conference. At left are State Police Lt. Col. Scott Warmington and Detective Lt. William Donoghue, who is assigned to the DA’s Office. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Police and others gather at Rollie’s Farm after Harry’s body was found. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Searchers come back in to Varnum Avenue across Rollie’s Farm after the search ended. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Lowell Police Interim Superintendent Barry Golner speaks at a late afternoon news conference. At rear, from left, are Lowell Mayor Sokhary Chau, City Manager Tom Golden, and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Police, including Lowell Interim Superintendent Barry Golner, right, and others gather at Rollie’s Farm after Harry’s body was found. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Water Department workers, front from left, Brian Ward, Derek Penn, Bob Rocheleau and Rui Reis remove a pump after draining a well to make sure it was empty, on the edge of Rollie’s Farm’s Christmas tree area. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Searchers come back in to Varnum Avenue across Rollie’s Farm after the search ended. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Lowell City Manager Tom Golden, second from left, Lowell Police Interim Superintendent Barry Golner, center, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and others arrive at Lowell First Church of the Nazarene for a news conference. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Volunteer searchers came to Rollie’s Farm to try to help. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Volunteer searchers look over Rollie’s Farm before searching. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Delxi Fernandez of Dracut, her daughter Krystal Pagan of Lowell, and Pagan’s friend Anna Fernandez of Lowell, search around Rollie’s Farm. Pagan and Fernandez had come Tuesday as well. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Police and others gather at Rollie’s Farm after Harry’s body was found. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Police and others gather at Lowell First Church of the Nazarene after Harry’s body was found. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan speaks at a late afternoon news conference. At left front are Lowell Mayor Sokhary Chau, City Manager Tom Golden, FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Joe Bonavolonta and Lowell Police Interim Superintendent Barry Golner. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. State Police Underwater Recovery Unit is parked at Rollie’s Farm around the time the search ended. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Lowell Water Department workers drain a well to make sure it was empty, at the edge of Rollie’s Farm. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Investigators get into a vehicle which drove back to the area behind Rollie’s Farm, after the body was found. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Spectators watch from Varnum Avenue across the street from Rollie’s Farm where police were gathered, after the search had ended. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. State Police Detective Lt. William Donoghue asks a family of volunteer searchers not to go any further into Rollie’s Farm, to avoid adding footprints. This was not long before the search appeared to end. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Freda Lane was closed to vehicles parking by late morning. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • June 15, 2022 – Second day of searching for missing Lowell 3-year-old boy, Harry Kkonde, ends when his body is found in a pond. Freda Lane, from where he disappeared, was closed to vehicles in the morning. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

  • Massachusetts State Police were able to successfully resolve a two-day standoff in Lynn. (Cameron Morsberger / SUN)

  • Lowell Police are searching for a 3-year-old boy who went missing near the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest Tuesday morning. According to police, the boy, named Harry, was last seen wearing gray pants with a white stripe and a long-sleeve maroon shirt. COURTESY LOWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Lowell Police are searching for a 3-year-old boy who went missing near the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest Tuesday morning. According to police, the boy, named Harry, was last seen wearing gray pants with a white stripe and a long-sleeve maroon shirt. COURTESY LOWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT

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LOWELL — The body of 3-year-old Harry Kkonde who went missing in Pawtucketville Tuesday morning was found in a pond near Rollie’s Farm Wednesday afternoon, authorities confirmed.

His body was recovered by the State Police Dive Team in 5-foot-deep water only 650 feet from his babysitter’s home on Freda Lane, where he was last seen, District Attorney Marian Ryan said at an afternoon press conference. Ryan noted that officials previously searched the pond and adjacent Rollie’s Farm around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Upon re-examining the area shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, law enforcement found the boy’s body.

Authorities are unsure how and when Harry reached the pond, because he was not there when the Lowell Fire Department made its initial search of the body of water. He was discovered in the clothes he was last seen in, Ryan said, and appears to have suffered no external trauma.

Ryan extended her condolences to the Kkonde family and said she is “grateful” to everyone who aided in the search.

“This is obviously every parent’s worst nightmare, a child who disappears for a very short period of time, the excruciating hours of the search and then the recovery of his body,” Ryan said. “This is clearly not the result that anyone over these many hours of search would have anticipated or wanted to have occur. … Our thoughts and hearts are with the family who lost this child.”

In total, the more than 200 first responders searched 4.7 square miles of land and water. Officials were seen searching under cars, in backyards and pools and elsewhere across surrounding neighborhoods.

Interim Lowell Police Superintendent Barry Golner, as well as Carlisle Police Chief and Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Control Chief John Fisher and State Police Lt. Col. Scott Warmington, expressed their sympathy for Harry’s loved ones and their thanks to law enforcement.

Joe Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Field Office, said agencies across jurisdictions came together to form a sizable team to recover the missing child, dedicating more than 30 hours to the search that ended in grief.

“Whenever there is a missing child, it’s an all-hands-on-deck affair throughout local, state and federal law enforcement,” Bonavolonta said at the press conference. “Obviously, it was a tragic outcome here.”

Ryan said it was too soon to say whether the babysitter or anyone else close to the disappearance could face charges, and that law enforcement are considering any possible explanations, including possible foul play.

Investigators will await an evaluation from the medical examiner to indicate a cause and time of death.

“Everybody who’s ever had a toddler is in terror of that toddler wandering off,” Ryan said. “I think, taking that to heart, so many people came out last night, either to help in the search, to offer support to the folks who were searching. … People were incredibly gracious and responsive.”

It is believed that Harry walked out of the house into the backyard on his own. Prior to Harry’s disappearance, the neighbor who spotted Harry outside at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday alerted the babysitter that Harry was no longer there, prompting a call to police, Ryan said.

Golner said the search continued overnight Tuesday, and Bonavolonta brought in the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team to assist in the event the investigation went “from a missing person to something else.”

The massive, multiagency search ramped up again around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police stopped vehicles traveling through the neighborhood to check backseats and trunks, and urged Lowell and Tyngsboro residents to search their own properties and check Ring doorbell and other surveillance video.

At a Wednesday morning press conference, Fisher said thermal imaging was used and two different K-9s tracked Harry’s scent the same direction, but nothing led directly to the boy. He said then police would “check every square inch” of the area including a deeper search of the adjacent Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, which encompasses more than 1,000 acres, and nearby bodies of water.

Police did not issue an Amber Alert, because they felt there was no reason to treat Harry’s disappearance as a crime, Fisher said. He added that the babysitter “called the police really quickly” and that “everybody did the right thing.”

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