Neenah boy pulled from river dies

Elijah Vanderhoof (Photo courtesy of Neenah Police Dept.)

NEENAH - Police say a 6-year-old boy pulled from the Fox River in Neenah Wednesday afternoon has died.

Autopsy revealed the cause of death was freshwater drowning.

Police were called to Riverside Park Tuesday afternoon at 4:34 p.m. for a report of a child missing.

Neenah police say the boy, Elijah Vanderhoof of Neenah, had been at the park with his family.

People in the park helped officers search.

During the search operations, several boats were close to the search area. A dive flag was deployed but had drifted back towards the shoreline. Rescue teams also deployed an inflatable boat with personnel to act as a warning for boaters nearby, however several boaters failed to heed the warnings.

At 5:41 p.m., Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue's dive team found Vanderhoof in the water. He was taken to Theda Clark Medical Center. He was declared dead a few minutes later.

Following the search, Neenah police expressed their appreciation for "many helpful citizens" and several rescue agencies who assisted.

"Our hearts go out to Elijah's family and friends as they struggle with his loss," said the Neenah Police Department.