Body recovered of missing 2-year-old last seen playing near Skagit River

VIDEO: Heartbreaking search continues for 2-year-old boy

CONWAY, Wash. — (12/20) UPDATE: The body of a 2-year-old boy who was last seen playing near the Skagit River in November was recovered by duck hunters on Thursday, according to the Skagit County Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department said the duck hunters were hunting in the 2000 block of Maupin Rode around 11:30 a.m. when they discovered the body.

Content Continues Below

"Skagit County Deputies responded to the scene to recover the body and detectives responded to assist. There are no indications this is a criminal matter at this time," the Sheriff's department said.

KIRO 7 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Scroll down to continue reading

More news from KIRO 7

Previous Coverage: 

Recovery efforts will resume Friday morning for the body of 2-year-old boy who was last seen playing near the Skagit River on Thursday afternoon.

Skagit County deputies were called to the 21000 block of Mann Road in Conway at 4 p.m.

The boy's mother told police he was riding in an electric toy car in the back yard of the home. She said she just turned her back for a moment to talk to a neighbor, and the boy was gone.

The child's grandfather found the toy car floating about half a mile down river.

The Skagit County authorities had divers and boats in the river for hours, and a helicopter and drones in the air. The dive team arrived in minutes because it had been training a few miles upriver.

The Navy flew to Conway from Whidbey Island with a helicopter equipped with a powerful thermal detection system, but never saw any sign of the boy.

Law enforcement told KIRO 7 they're heartbroken to say the search is now considered a recovery mission.

Deputies say the river is eight feet higher than it was earlier this year and the water is about 44 degrees.

Searchers will return at 9 a.m. Friday.

More news from KIRO 7