DA’S MEDIA STATEMENT – JUNE 8, 2020: Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced today that on May 30, 2020 at approximately 7:46 pm Dennis Police responded to a 911 call regarding a possible drowning in the Bass River near the area of the Highbank Road bridge in Dennis. An active search was conducted in the Bass River by members of the Massachusetts State Police Dive team, Environmental Police, U.S. Coast Guard and the Barnstable County Dive team. At approximately 11:00 pm the juvenile’s body (15 yo) was recovered from the water. The youth, a resident at the RFK Center in Yarmouth, was on a planned outing to some of the local ponds with a group of youths from the center. Two adults from the center were supervising the six boys. The group stopped at the Highbank bridge and some of the youths jumped off, including the victim. As indicated previously, the matter remains under investigation by Dennis Police, State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
EARLIER HN COVERAGE AND UPDATES:
*** WATCH *** MASSIVE COORDINATED SEARCH: Body of 15-year-old boy recovered from water near Highbank Road Bridge in Dennis/Yarmouth…
UPDATE: The body of the missing 15-year-old boy was recovered from the water near the Highbank Road Bridge last evening at around 11pm. Sources tell HN that the teen was a resident at RFK, a residential adolescent treatment program in South Yarmouth… HN has reached out to RFK, local police departments, and the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office seeking additional details… (Note: unofficial sources say the teen and others were driven to the bridge by staff… when asked during a phone call this morning, RFK staff said they don’t speak to media.. and referred further questions to corporate…) [DEVELOPING]
11:15 p.m. UPDATE: Search over, units clearing the scene… one official says, “sad” story…. and that the search was “all wrapped up…” HN will provide official updates as soon as they are released.
INITIAL HN REPORT:
DENNIS/YARMOUTH – The following is footage from an ongoing search for a missing 15-year-old boy who disappeared in the water “while swimming” in the area of the Highbank Road Bridge in the area of the Dennis/Yarmouth town line…
The call came in shortly prior to 8pm and crews, including divers, are still on scene searching at the time of this report, 10:50…
HN will provide official updates as soon as they become available.
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