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Private company joins search for missing two-year-old in River Soar

Underwater experts who were involved in the search for Nicola Bulley are now involved in the search for missing two-year-old Xielo Maruziva. 

Following a request from Xielo’s family, Specialist Group International (SGI) have now joined the search for the boy, who fell into the River Soar, in the Aylestone area on February 18.

Leicester Time: Private company joins search for missing two-year-old in River Soar
Picture: Leicestershire Police

The same company assisted Lancashire Police when Nicola Bulley vanished during a riverside dog walk last January 27.

Assistant Chief Constable Michaela Kerr of Leicestershire Police said: “Our search operation to locate Xielo continues to widen as we know he may have travelled further from where he went into the water, and potentially outside our force area.

“I would like to reassure you that our operation is continuing and our teams will be carrying out co-ordinated searches at various points along the river.”

She continued: “Our decision to involve SGI in the search (is) in liaison with Xielo’s family and having spoken to both the company and independent specialists.

“I’d also like to remind the public that the river is dangerous and that they should not go into the water themselves.”

The search for the boy is in its second week, with the focus on the stretch of river around Watermead Park and Birstall over the weekend, police said.