Missing toddler found dead in reservoir on last day of family vacation

The body of a missing toddler was found in a Virginia reservoir Thursday, only hours after he was reported missing.

Two-year-old August Farley was vacationing with his family when he was reported missing at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office press release.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maj. Ricky Gardner with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said the boy’s body was discovered after an extensive search by rescue divers in Smith Mountain Lake just before 1 p.m. The body was reportedly found in the water by a dock near Rosewood Lane in the Huddleston area, according to the newspaper.

August Farley/Family Handout

Gardner said the cause of death appears to be drowning, though it will be confirmed through an autopsy, KPVI reports.

The boy and his family came to Virginia from their home in Fort Worth, Texas, for a vacation, officials told the news outlet. They were scheduled to leave the same day August went missing.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am reporting the body of this young man was found at 12:55 p.m….This is so tragic,” Gardner said at a press conference.

August was reported missing at 8:30 a.m., according to the press release, adding that he was last seen at approximately 6 a.m. wearing dinosaur pajama pants with a yellow pajama shirt.

Gardner thanked the more than 160 volunteers joined search efforts to find the child soon after he disappeared,

“I want to thank everyone involved in this search today for all of their dedication,” he said at the press conference. “We were prepared to continue the search around the clock if needed…Sadly that wasn’t the case.”  

A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign has been launched on the family’s behalf to help support them financially as they grieve.


[Feature image: August Farley/Family handout]