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Boise police: Body found in canal matches missing boy

Mon., Aug. 3, 2009, 5:50 p.m.

BOISE — Police say a body pulled from an Ada County canal matches the size and age of an 8-year-old boy who disappeared more than a week ago.

Boise Deputy Chief Jim Kerns said Monday the Ada County coroner had not identified the body and was performing an autopsy.

Kerns said the family of Robert Manwill had been notified.

The child reportedly disappeared July 24 after leaving his mother’s apartment in Boise, where he was visiting. The boy’s father, Charles Manwill, lives in New Plymouth and has had custody since 2008.

Police said Friday new evidence in the case indicated suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance and the boy could be hurt “or the victim of a tragic event.”

A passerby called emergency workers Monday to report they had seen a body floating in the canal near Kuna about 1:30 p.m.

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