Northeast Times

Body of missing NE boy recovered from Pennypack Creek

Search­ers on Thursday re­covered the body of a North­east boy who dis­ap­peared three days earli­er after jump­ing in­to a no­tori­ous swim­ming hole in the rain-swollen Pennypack Creek.

A ci­vil­ian found the youth at about 6:30 a.m. along the creek near the 2700 block of Holme Ave., said a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man. Au­thor­it­ies did not identi­fy the vic­tim by name, but re­l­at­ives said he was Brandon Boyle, 13, the old­est of six chil­dren of James and Kim Boyle of Arnold Street in Bell’s Corner.

On Thursday night, about 200 people, in­clud­ing fam­ily and friends of the vic­tim, gathered near the spot of Boyle’s dis­ap­pear­ance for a me­mori­al vi­gil.

Boyle was last seen alive at about 1:45 p.m. Monday as the creek’s cur­rent swept him to­ward a dam and wa­ter­fall just west of the Roosevelt Boulevard over­pass, au­thor­it­ies said. In the af­ter­math of heavy rain­storms that day, the wa­ter’s cur­rent was un­usu­ally strong.

Boyle and his 11-year-old broth­er, An­thony, had both jumped in­to the wa­ter from a foot­bridge that spans the creek, which is typ­ic­ally about five feet deep at the loc­a­tion but was much deep­er due to storm flood­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joe Zaffino of the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict, the spot is a no­tori­ous swim­ming hole for youths and young adults, al­though swim­ming is pro­hib­ited in the creek.

On June 3, po­lice res­cued a boy, 16, and girl, 13, from the wa­ter in the same loc­a­tion. In Ju­ly 2010, a 20-year-old man dis­ap­peared un­der­wa­ter in the same area and his body was found two days later down­stream.

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