Boy found dead in Whitewater’s Mill Pond
Police said the boy, found about 4:15 p.m., apparently fell through the ice while crossing the pond.
His name was not immediately released.
The boy’s parents had reported him missing at about 3 p.m. Thursday, said Police Chief Jim Coan.
The boy’s friends told the police that he had walked across Cravath Lake in downtown Whitewater on Wednesday.
Police began their search at the water’s edge, and the boy was found a few minutes later near the shore of Mill Pond on Mill Street. Mill Pond is a flowage where the creek and lake meet.
One police officer stepped into the frigid water to hoist the boy to another officer standing on shore.
The child immediately was transported by ambulance to Fort Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Even after Thursday night’s freezing temperatures, a reporter for The Janesville Gazette observed this morning only a thin layer of ice and lots of open water on Mill Pond.
Leslie Steinhaus, Whitewater School District administrator, said the boy was a third-grader at Washington Elementary School.
The district has a crisis team in place today to talk to students, parents and staff. A letter also is being sent home to parents.