Police on Wednesday said a child's body found in the Jordan River has been identified as Josue Peralez, a 4-year-old boy who fell into the river and drowned earlier this year.
Police Sgt. Gerry Christensen said some clothing found on the body was confirmed by the child's mother as having belonged to her son.Josue fell into the river in mid-February and despite an exhaustive three-day search, rescue workers were unable to find the body.
On Tuesday, a fisherman discovered the remains near 3900 South at 5 p.m. By 10:45 p.m., Salt Lake County search and rescue teams had retrieved the body.
Christensen said the clothes from the body were shown to Josue's mother, Leticia Peralez, who confirmed they matched what her son was wearing when he fell into the icy river. Additional tests to determine height and weight configurations are being performed by the State Medical Examiner's Office to ensure the remains are consistent with Josue's size.
The boy and his 5-year-old brother were feeding ducks from the banks of the river in Winchester Park at 6400 South when the accident happened at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13.