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New York, NY Cromwell Creek Drowning, May 1901


Little Willie McCormick Was Drowned and Not Kidnapped.

New York, May 10.--The body of Willie McCormick, who disappeared from his home in this city some weeks ago, was found in Cromwell creek, at 161st street and Railroad avenue. The body was identified by the boy's sister.

The parents of the boy said tonight that they had abandoned the idea of foul play and they believed the boy had been accidentally drowned.

Butte Weekly Miner, Butte, MT 15 May 1901



Discovered Floating in Creek Not Far From Parent's Home and Believed Result of Accident.

NEW YORK, May 10.--The body of 12 year old Willie McCormick, who disappeared from his home at High Bridge six weeks ago, was found today floating on the surface of Cromwell's Creek, not far from the McCormick home. The father and sister of the boy, identified the body by the clothing.

Police Captain Titus, in an interview tonight, said:

"At the present time I am of the opinion the boy's death was the result of an accident."

The parents of the boy and Father Mullin, of the Church of the Sacred heart, of High Bridge, who has taken an active interest in the case, said tonight that they believe the boy had been accidentally drowned.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 11 May 1901

article | by Dr. Radut