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Greenville Authorities Retrace Tragic Drowning

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photo7 Greenville Authorities Retrace Tragic Drowning

The search for a missing 3-year-old boy resumed on June 12, 2012. Crews pump water from the pond where he fell. (credit: Phyllis Smith/KRLD)

GREENVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – The search for a three-year-old child in Greenville came a tragic end Tuesday morning.

Searchers recovered the body of Letaro Micky after restarting  a search that began Monday afternoon. The boy fell into a pond connected to a city reservoir and was pulled under by suction pipes on Monday.

On Tuesday, Letaro’s family returned to the banks of the reservoir, marking the precise spot that has devastated them. The three-year-old boy was fishing with his father Monday afternoon.

Tireiger Micky said he was fishing between 20 and 30 yards away when his son disappeared from his sight. Searchers found Letaro’s body Tuesday morning.

“This is why, so sad. I have children, so I can feel as a mother,” said Teresa Valdez, a neighbor who also returned to the reservoir site Tuesday.

Greenville authorities have retraced the steps taken. Fishing is a daily past time in Reservoir No. 4 where Letaro drowned. But the swift nature of the water in the reservoir is dangerous.

The boy disappeared in a pond just outside the Greenville Electric Utility Station, a power plant that supplies electricity to the city. It’s surrounded by two reservoirs and several small ponds.

These ponds have suction peoples that move the water to reservoir and into the power plant, which then produces electricity with it.

While the Micky family mourns the loss, the city is urging others to be safe.

“When you find out it’s a three-year-old kid, it’s devastating if you have children of your own,” said Greenville Fire Chief Doug Caison.

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