The authorities have found the body of a 4-year-old boy five days after being seized off by a wave in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The child, identified as Wesley Belisle, was located at Carova Beach at 07:40 local time on Monday by the Currituck County Sheriff Office, announcing the Kitty Hawk Police Department on Facebook.
"Wesley family has been notified and arranges for him to be transported back to New Hampshire." Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel C. Johnson wrote on the institution's official Facebook page. "We hope that the space of compassion and offers of support, thoughts and prayers to the Belisle family from people all over the world can give them some experience in this time of tremendous sadness."
Carova Beach is on the north side part of the outer banks, a popular tourist destination where the boy was taken away at sea last Wednesday. His mother "lost his sight on the surf," said the Coast Guard last week.
Coast Guard said they learned that the child was wiped away with a wave "at about 4pm" local time last Wednesday.
"I can not imagine how the family of this little boy is going through right now," said Capt. Bion Stewart, Commander of the North Carolina Sector Guard.
Shortly after the incident, Kitty Hawk Policf Johnson took the "tragic the accident "in a statement on social media. " Under the watchful eyes of the present parents as they walked along the beach, a four-year-old boy swept away from his mother to the ocean and carried by the present, "he wrote." As parents this is our worst nightmare, even for those of us who love and have grown up at the ocean. "
Johnson added:" Please come with us in thoughts and prayer for this family when we take care of the loss with them and Thank you for the well-being of our own children. "
Coast Guard and the Kitty Hawk Police Department interrupted their search for Wesley last Wednesday after a 10-hour hunt for the child.
" Posting a search for someone, even less a child, is the hardest thing a Coast Guard Commander is guilty of doing, said Stewart in a press release after the Coast Guard closed his search.
On Thursday Johnson announced that "at the moment all search efforts have been interrupted and have now transitioned to recovery efforts."
Explain what "recovery efforts" mean, Johnson said to PEOPLE on Thursday, "We're looking for their remnants."
We patrol the beach … and many citizens are looking for him, hoping he will surface, "he continued with people.
The Kitty Hawk community came together to support the family, according to local news WAVY, with some who created a seashell memorial in the form of a heart on the beach.