Body of missing child found in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH — The body of a missing child has been found in Virginia Beach and authorities say it is an 8-year-old who had recently been reported missing.

Authorities said the child went missing Thursday night at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The child was last seen at the water’s edge during Independence Day celebrations.

Police and others searched for the youngster for hours until a citizen found a child’s body early Friday along the beach.

The child was pronounced dead despite rescue efforts. Police have said no further information about the child, including the gender, will be released out of respect for the family.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.