Drowning Accidental, Police Conclude
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
GOODYEAR LAKE – Three-year-old Andrew James Durkin was dressed in the same outfit as his identical brother when he went missing at his family’s seasonal house on the Susquehanna River just north of Goodyear Lake.
By the time the family realized that one of the twins was nowhere to be found, it was too late.
According to a briefing this afternoon by state police Capt. Scott Heggelke, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), a 911 call came in to Troop C headquarters in Sidney at 2:54 p.m. regarding a missing child on Bob Wilson Road, Milford Center.
Troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Milford fire and EMS crews responded, and K9 units were brought to the scene.
At 4:30 pm, the state police Underwater Recovery Team located the boy in the water 17 feet from the family’s dock. Resuscitation efforts were made on scene and Durkin was transported to Fox Hospital in Oneonta, where he was later pronounced dead.
“It’s always a horribly tragic situation when you have to deal with the death of a young child,” said Heggelke.
While there is a steep embankment leading up to the river, state police do not believe the boy fell down the embankment, citing the location where Andrew was found as evidence disproving the theory.
Heggelke closed the press conference saying that the investigation is still ongoing, but it is believed to simply be a freshwater drowning accident.