posted on March 20, 2012 17:25
State Troopers confirmed Tuesday that they have found a pair of bodies floating in the Genesee River, which may be two Batavia brothers missing since February 19.
David and Michael King of Lewiston Road in Batavia were last seen by their brother Daniel, hopping over a concrete barrier on the I-390 highway, which stands about 100 feet above the Genesee River in Rochester. The brothers were apparently trying to retrieve a broken-down car in the opposite lane at the time.
Neither family nor police have heard from the brothers in a month's time since.
Trooper Mark O'Donnell tells WBTA News the bodies found Tuesday were floating and stuck on some debris, near the Elmwood Avenue bridge in Rochester. That's roughly one mile from the bridge where the King brothers were last seen.
"We've been looking for the brothers since they were reported missing, in numerous locations," says Trooper O'Donnell. While he cannot say whether the bodies found Tuesday were those of the King brothers, O'Donnell does believe favorable weather conditions helped searchers find the bodies, whereas they may have missed them in searches prior.
"I'm not so sure (the bodies) were on the surface the last time we looked," says O'Donnell. "I believe at some point they were underwater, and the warm water may have helped them come to the surface."
The bodies have been transported to the Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. State Police expect to release more information on the discovery Wednesday.