Bodies Of Missing Boys Found

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:38am

Pair found on shore of New Jersey's Raritan River.

A search for two missing New Brunswick, New Jersey boys who were best friends took a tragic turn on Monday as authorities pulled their bodies from the Raritan River.

The body of 10-year-old Francisco Perera was found around 3 p.m., near the base of the Route 27 bridge in nearby Highland Park, New Brunswick police Capt. J.T. Miller said.

The body of 11-year-old Devine Nicholas was found about three hours later, not far from where Perera was discovered.

A fisherman who saw the first body to be pulled, later identified as Perera, said it appeared to be "a little boy."

Shortly after, Nicholas' body was pulled from the river.

The boys went missing Sunday.

Perera reportedly told his mother he was going to the park a few blocks away from their home.

Devine Nicholas had gone to Perera's house around 1 p.m., and the pair apparently left there around 6 p.m. to go to the park, according to Carol Leonard, Nicholas' mother.

Leonard said that as far as she knew, the boys did not regularly go to the Raritan's banks.

She described her son as a fun and outgoing "good kid" who brought home all As and Bs in school.

"They didn't have any business going to the river," she said.

It's not clear how the boys ended up in the water.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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