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Hawk Newberry

Authorities say the child's body pulled from the Mississippi River at Muscatine is that of Hawk Newberry, 2, who fell in the the river at Rock Island on July 24.

The boy's body found in the Mississippi River in Muscatine is that of 2-year-old Hawk Newberry, of Moline.

The toddler fell into the river while with family members at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island on July 24.

He was missing for 13 days before a fisherman discovered his remains. Though he was not visually identifiable due to decomposition, a medical examiner's investigator in Muscatine County provided the necessary medical evidence to confirm his identity.

Medical and dental records were supplied to a pathologist who used them for comparison, determining Tuesday that the match was official.

Family members held a family vigil Wednesday night at Schwiebert Park  in honor of Hawk.

Another vigil will be held Sunday evening at Riverside Park in Muscatine. The memorial will start around 7 p.m. at the park. Organizer Shanyne Stone said those wanting to make donations of candles, lights, flowers or other memorial items may contact her on Facebook or drop-off donations at Cedar Street Pawn, 227 E. 2nd St., Muscatine.

The group will gather to pray for Hawk Newberry and Sadie Alvarado, a young woman found dead in Lee County, Iowa, and their families in the park. A boat will ferry those who wish to visit Brown’s Island, where lights have been placed in memorial.

The vigil will be held rain or shine.

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