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Apr 15, 2006




Missing Boys' Bodies Found in Wis. Lagoon

MILWAUKEE - The families of two boys missing for almost a month said Saturday that their bodies had been recovered from a park lagoon near where they disappeared

Purvis Virginia Parker, 11, and Quadrevion Henning, 12, were last seen on the afternoon of March 19 when they asked Quadrevion's grandfather if they could play basketball at the nearby park. The bodies were found in the park lagoon on Friday.

"Honestly I don't think there was any foul play," said Dennis Frazier, Quadrevion's uncle. "That makes it kind of nice for the family that they weren't held against their own will."

Police did not immediately confirmed the identities. Autopsies were scheduled Saturday and police scheduled a news conference for later in the day.


Frazier said family members had identified Quadrevion from a photo that police showed them. Angela Virginia said she also identified her son, Purvis, from a photo.


The first of the two bodies was found about 7:30 p.m. Friday after a man and his son walking in the park saw something floating, Police Chief Nan Hegerty said.


Police and Fire Department divers found the second body around 10 p.m. Both bodies were fully clothed, had been in the lagoon from quite some time and were bloated, authorities said.

After the boys' disappearance, police and volunteers searched the neighborhood, posted leaflets around the city and made repeated appeals for information anyone might have.

Divers had waded through the lagoon's icy water, but because of the muddy bottom, it was possible the bodies could have been missed in a search, Hegerty said.


The boys' families said the two had no history of running away and had good school attendance records, and police fielded hundreds of calls on a tip line offering possible leads.

A Florida group called A Child Is Missing also had helped police in the search. The group called all home and business telephone numbers within a mile of where the boys were last seen and played a recorded message about the pair, officials have said.



The undated photo at left provided by the family shows Quadrevion Henning, 12. The undated photo at right provided by the family shows Purvis Virginia Parker, 11. Two bodies were recovered Friday night April 14, 2006 from a park lagoon near where the two Milwaukee boys have been missing for almost a month, police said. 'It's very difficult at this early time to make any indication of who the child might be,' Police Chief Nan Hegerty said. 'It looks like it has been in the lagoon for quite some time.' An autopsy was planned for Saturday, she said. (AP Photo/Family photos via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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