Xielo Maruziva vanished three months ago when he got into difficulty in the River Soar, Leicestershire, and a body was found last week in the Aylestone Meadows area of Leicester

A body found in the search for missing two-year-old Xielo Maruziva is confirmed as that of the toddler.

Xielo vanished on February 18 and was believed to have slipped into the River Soar in Aylestone Meadows, Leicester. His dad desperately dived in to save Xielo but a missing persons search was eventually launched.

Specialist divers from Nicola Bulley’s investigation assisted Leicestershire Police to no avail but, last week, a body was discovered in the river by contractors carrying out work, and now police have confirmed it is Xielo’s after formal identification took place. Assistant Chief Constable Michaela Kerr, of Leicestershire Police, said: “We are so sorry to bring this news. This is a devastating and tragic incident and our thoughts are with all of Xielo’s family at this most difficult and unimaginable time.

“We ask that the privacy of the family continues to be respected at this time. Full support also continues to be provided to the workers who were in the area of Aylestone Meadows on Thursday morning and I continue to thank them for their support and co-operation in the most horrendous circumstances.

“I know this news has affected so many of us and again I want to pass on my thanks to everyone who has been involved in the search for Xielo for your dedicated work in extremely traumatic circumstances and an extremely complex search. Thank you also to our communities and wider members of the public for your continued support.”

In the days after young Xielo vanished in the river, his loved ones put out a heartbreaking statement. The infant’s mum said: “Xielo is a cheeky, funny, friendly, smart, caring and independent little boy. He never fails to make me laugh or smile and always loves a cuddle and some kisses.

“Xielo loves playing with his toys and watching cartoons including Bino and Fino. Me, his dad and the whole family are so heartbroken at what has happened. We thank everyone who has supported us and helped us during this time. We are extremely grateful for this. All we want is for Xielo to be found as soon as possible. Thank you.”

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