ROCHESTER N.Y. — Rochester Police say the body recovered from the Genesee River Sunday has been identified as 14-year-old Trevyan Rowe.
Police say they found the body near the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge. They say tips made to the department focused their search efforts along the river in that section.
"State police responded because they have a responsibility for the express way, were unable to find anything," Ciminelli said. "In tracking this back, our investigators located one of the individuals who called and they pointed out the location where they had seen the person standing and in fact I think this individual met with our scuba squad to try to pinpoint the location."
Rowe was last seen leaving School No. 12 Thursday morning. His family says they did not know he was missing until he did not get off the bus with his sister later that afternoon. They say Rowe is autistic and may have been upset when he walked away after getting off the bus Thursday morning.
Rochester City School District officials say protocol is for calls to be made when a child is not in school. Trevyan's family says they were never notified.
"So rather than having the school district look at our processes and protocol, we thought it most prudent at this time to have somebody external to the district actually take a look at everything we have, everything the police department has and then provide us with a report on what actually occurred and what we might do differently in the future," said Barbara Deane-Williams, RCSD Superintendent.
Throughout the past several days, search parties filled with hundreds of volunteers have been searching the areas in and around Mount Hope Cemetery and Highland Park. Mayor Lovely Warren says she is grateful for everyone who rallied around the Rowe family.
"It is in the darkest moments that a community support shines. While my soul aches for the Rowe family, I could not be more proud of Rochester citizens who rallied for the cause,” said Warren.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is extending her prayers to the Rowe family. Dinolfo said she is proud of the community for coming together, saying in part, "A beloved son of this community was missing and our neighbors opened their hearts and came out by the hundreds to rush to his aid."
Dinolfo also has expressed her gratitude to the Rochester police department, Monroe County Sheriff's office, Monroe County’s Departments of Public Safety and Parks and first responders.
More than 1,000 people were helping with the search effort over the weekend. Many of those who mobilized are families who have children with autism. Volunteers would first gather at the Al Sigl Center. Then they would hand out out fliers, search Highland Park, looking high and low for the missing teen. Though the outcome was not what they had hoped for, the community came out to support the family and the search effort in a big way.
"It's very touching," said Sarah Milko, AutismUp executive director. "This is a really unique community."
A vigil is planned for Monday night at a location to be determined. School counselors will be on hand at School No. 12 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.