March 3, 2024

The family confirmed the child’s body as Mattie Sheils, who washed up in the Philadelphia river

“Our little Mattie has been brought home to us,” says the family after the 2-year-old was found

“Our little Mattie has been brought home to us,” says the family after the 2-year-old was found


The body was a 2-year-old girl swept away along with her 9 month old brotherso of Mattie Sheils Saturday by authorities.

Upper Makefield Police Township Police Department posted on Facebook on Saturday “we are thankful that prayers were answered and we were able to bring Mattie home,” adding that the search for Mattie’s brother continues.

“This has only strengthened our resolve to reunite Conrad with his family and his sister. Therefore, today, search operations will continue in the manner described in last night’s press conference,” the post read.

The Sheils family posted a statement on the police home’s Facebook page which read: “The Sheils family would like to express their continued gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of love, support and concern from the community and from people across the country as rescue workers worked tirelessly to find Mattie and Conrad. We are grateful that our little Mattie was brought home to us. We are all still praying for your sympathy. We are all still praying for your sympathy. d.”

Mattie Sheils, who was swept away during a flash flood in the Philadelphia river.

Upper Makefield Township Police Department

During a news conference Friday, Upper Makefield Township Fire Chief Tim Brewer said a body believed to be Mattie’s was found in the Delaware River in the city of Philadelphia after multiple 911 callers reported just after 5 pm local time, south of the Betsy Ross Bridge.

The girl’s body was recovered and taken to the Philadelphia coroner’s office for identification, he said.

The girl’s body was found about 32 miles south of where Mattie and her brother Conrad were swept away on the night of July 15 in Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County. Five others — including the child’s mother — died when a road in Upper Makefield flooded during a powerful storm.

A Charleston, South Carolina, family was driving when they got caught in the floods. The children’s father, grandmother and 4-year-old brother were also in the car at the time, and they survived, officials said.

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