Body found in river Sunday was Hawk Newberry

Authorities confirmed the boy found in the Mississippi River near Muscatine is Hawk Newberry.

That from Muscatine County's medical examiner.

Medical records were used to identify the 2-year-old boy.

Local 4 News spoke with the medical examiner who says video surveillance and interviews with the family also provided confirmation.

Hawk Newberry fell into the Mississippi River on July 24 at Schwiebert Park in Rock Island.

After learning of the news, his family gathered at Schwiebert Park this evening to remember their little boy. As they were celebrating the toddler's life, they helped save another.



The body recovered from the Mississippi River in Muscatine on Sunday was Hawk Newberry, the Muscatine County Medical Examiner announced Wednesday morning. 

Here is the full news release:

"An autopsy performed by State Pathologists has determined the body recovered from the Mississippi River in Muscatine IA on Sunday August 5, 2018 at approximately 6PM, Was indeed that of Hawk Newberry age two (2) of Moline IL. Hawk Newberry had fallen into the River at Schwiebert Park in the city Rock Island IL in the early evening on July 24, 2018. In addition of the Autopsy, Medical Records, Dental Record, Rock Island Police Dept. Records, Video Surveillance footage from the park and Multiple Interviews with the family, where all used to aid in the identification. Our Office and Staff sends our Deepest Sympathy to family and hope that everyone do the same and give them the opportunity to grieve the loss of Hawk. Our thanks go out to all the Search and Rescue Teams, Fire departments, Police and Sheriff Depts. and everyone who was involved in the search for Hawk."

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and for updates.



The lead medical examiner's investigation is complete and an autopsy of the body found in the Mississippi River in Muscatine on Sunday is pending.

Results are expected to be released Wednesday.


Sunday at 11 p.m.

The Muscatine County Medical Examiner confirms to Local 4 News, a boy's body was pulled from the Mississippi River in Muscatine.

A death investigator with the M.E. office, Richard Hines, got the call about 6 p.m. Sunday for the report by Riverside Park.

He tells Local 4 News, a male child's body was found - he's between 2 and 5 years old, but says he can't positively ID the body because it is deteriorated.

The remains will be taken to Iowa City for an autopsy at the state medical examiner's offices for an autopsy, where DNA testing and medical and dental records will be used to confirm an identity.

Hines says he will also be  working with the City of Rock Island to review video from Schwiebert Park to see if he can match the clothing of the boy recovered to that of Hawk Newberry. 

To confirm the identity, Hines says it could take days or a couple of weeks to get the results back. 

Hines says he also spoke with Hawk Newberry's family that gathered in Muscatine. 

Emergency services officials are currently at the scene tonight.

On everyone's mind tonight is Hawk Newberry - who fell into the Mississippi River almost two weeks ago at Rock Island's Schwiebert Park - that's about 30 miles up-river from Muscatine.

The Missing Persons Awareness Network has been helping the family with the search.

They tell Local 4 News, the family was called to Brown Island in Muscatine tonight.

We'll update you as soon with any information as we get it on FOX 18 News and Local 4 News.

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