Twin 3-year-olds, a boy and a girl, died Monday after they were found in a pond not long after their father called 911 to report them missing from their Platte County home.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office identified the children as Arrabelle Wagner and Elijah Wagner.
The twins’ father woke up Monday morning and realized his children were missing from their home in the 19000 block of South Ridgely Road, said Platte County Undersheriff Maj. Erik Holland.
The father called 911 at 10:14 a.m. and rushed outside.
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Both toddlers were found in the pond, Holland said. Investigators have not determined who found them.
The girl was found first. Someone was trying to revive her when emergency crews arrived and took over, Holland said. They scooped her up and rushed her to a local hospital.
Crews did not see the boy; some responders went into the house to search for him, thinking he may have gone to the house to summon help, while others searched the pond.
A dive team was called, and responders found the boy in the pond on the south side of a covered dock that extends into the pond.
The boy was pronounced dead on the scene.
The girl died shortly after 1 p.m.
“We don’t have anything at this point that leads us to believe that this was anything other than a tragic accident but as with all deaths we’re going to investigate it thoroughly,” Holland said.
Investigators are talking with the children’s father. The private pond sits behind a few houses, including the children’s home, he said.
“The time frame that I have is the father woke up and the children were not in the residence,” Holland said. “But we are still fresh into the investigation.”
The father called 911 twice, and frantic neighbors called as well.
The pond is south of Edgerton and west of Smithville Lake. It is surrounded by several residences. Neighbors said the pond was the gathering point for family gatherings especially during Fourth of July celebrations and other holidays.
Several neighbors said police and emergency crews had crowded the scene, preventing them to get to their residences.
The Missouri Highway Patrol and several surrounding fire departments responded to the scene.