Missing mom and toddler found alive in Marissa, IL

MARISSA, IL (KPLR) - The case of a missing mother and child near Marissa, Illinois has turned into a criminal investigation.  Both the woman and her two-year-old son were taken to the hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries.

The mother and son were found about 8:50 Monday night. A sheriff’s department spokesman said this is now a criminal investigation but wouldn’t reveal how the mother was injured. Authorities said they are not looking for any suspects at this time.

It all began around 2:30 Monday afternoon when the woman’s uncle, who is also a city of Marissa city worker spotted the woman and her son at a nearby strip mining lake. When she saw her uncle, she got in a boat with her child and paddled across the lake and disappeared into the woods on the other side.

The search began by law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and the Eureka Search and Rescue Team arrived with dogs to help.

The mother and child were found not far from where they got out of the boat.  Master Sgt. Brad Clossen told us what had searcher worried, “We know as the sun went down and the temperatures started dropping and knowing they could both be wet and not clothed properly that was our main concern locating them before it got too late.

He said the mother indicated her injuries were from the night before. As for the little boy, his injuries were being cold and wet. He was wearing only his diaper and shirt.