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, authorities say.
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, Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce said.
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.