The frantic 48-hour search for two-year-old Izaiah Conway ended Sunday, but not the way the hundreds of soldiers and civilians involved in the effort had hoped.
The crew of a 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment helicopter spotted the toddler’s body just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday about 550 yards west of Roy Reynolds Drive, just more than four miles from his home.
Members of Fort Hood’s 1-66th Armor Battalion and Killeen police officers recovered the body.
The boy’s father, Spc. Zachary Conway, was serving in Iraq when the youngster disappeared on Friday.
He was home with his wife Gina and family on Sunday.
At the height of the search, more than 400 civilian personnel and 1,300 4th Infantry Division soldiers were looking for the boy, who disappeared around 6 p.m. Friday.
He was last seen in the backyard of his home as heavy runoff from the torrential rain that drenched the area Friday filled the culvert that runs through the area.
“The Fort Hood Community extends our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Conway family at this time of such great loss,” Fort Hood said Sunday evening in a prepared release.
“We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the Killeen fire and police departments and all of the other professional rescue personnel and volunteers who participated in this search.”