6-year-old’s body recovered from canal

DOVER — The body of a 6-year-old boy who died with three family members after their vehicle veered into the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal last weekend was located Thursday morning.

Delaware State Police and the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police confirmed the recovery of Ethan Lindsay, who had been missing since the crash last Sunday morning near St. Georges. Recovered that day were brothers Willis Lindsay Jr., 18, and Kyree Lindsay, 16, along with cousin Eric Lindsay, 12.

The victims and other family members were traveling to a football game in separate cars when they took a wrong turn and wound up on a gravel road along the C&D Canal, the Associated Press reported.

Willis Lindsey Sr. said the vehicle driven by his eldest son plunged into the canal as they were trying to make their way back to the main road, the AP said.

According to DSP, a 911 call received at approximately 8:54 a.m. Thursday reported a body spotted in water on the north side of the canal about a quarter mile west of the Del. 1 William V. Roth Bridge.

Spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrived to the scene and found the child’s body near the water’s edge.

A 16-year-old female was the only occupant of the Chevy HHR who survived the crash when it left the roadway and traveled into the water at approximately 9:41 a.m. last Sunday, authorities said.

The family set up a GoFundMe account to assist in costs associated with the tragedy and had raised $32,532 of a $30,000 goal as of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. The account reported 657 donors, 5,400 shares and 663 followers and included a note:

“On October 6th my family’s life changed forever, we lost 4 of our young men in this unexpected accident. I will never be able to explain the pain we are experiencing right now. I am asking for your help in laying them to rest. My family appreciates any help during this time.”

Police said investigation continued and asked anyone with information should contact Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 365-8486. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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