‘Please help me’, desperate search for missing 4-year-old boy Mohamed Fofana around Castle Island in South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON – The desperate search for missing 4-year-old boy Mohamed Abou Fofana of South Boston continued Monday in and around Castle Island.
Fofana was with his older sister and grandfather playing in a park on Sunday evening near the water when he disappeared.
“Shortly after 7:00 p.m., the adult relative lost sight of Mohamed, and when he looked for him, he was unable to find him. At approximately 7:30 p.m., the adult relative called 911 and contacted the State Police-South Boston Barracks, reporting, that the boy was missing,” state police spokesman Dave Procopio said in a statement Monday.
“I started checking around and checking around. I checked for 10 to 15 minutes. I couldn’t see Mohamed. So I called the Park Ranger. Before that I called 9-1-1,” Mohamed’s grandfather Soleymane Fofana told reporters Monday .
A massive search was launched by land, air and water through the night. The helicopter searched as far south as Hull and as far north as Deer Island because the current could go either way. Rescue K9s were also brought in to help.
“Divers are conducting what amounts to an underwater line search along the entire Castle Island seawall out to a distance of 150 yards offshore,” Procopio said.
“If you saw Mohamed, please help me,” said Mohamed’s mother Matenjay Fofana. “Help me give it to me, my little baby, please. Please. He doesn’t have a father here. I’m here with my children. Please people, help me find Mohamed for me.”
Procopio said Fofana is black and was wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and blue Crocs.
Mohamed’s mother and grandfather released two photos of him Monday morning and asked for the public’s help in finding him. They told WBZ-TV he is on the autism spectrum and has sickle cell disease.
“Mohamed can’t speak. He had his problems,” Soleymane Fofana said.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 immediately.