Leicester: River Soar search for missing two-year-old Xielo Maruziva to continue over the weekend

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The search for two-year old Xielo Maruziva, who fell into the River Soar in Leicester, will continue into the weekend. Assistant chief constable Michaela Kerr from Leicestershire Police provided the video update on X, formerly Twitter, this afternoon (Friday February 23).

Bad weather has severely hampered the last two days of searches, but police have still been at the scene in Aylestone after the boy fell into the River Soar at around 5pm on Sunday (February 18). CCTV of the moment Xielo fell in revealed that the boy was with his family at the time and that the incident was a “tragic” set of circumstances .

Assistant chief constable Kerr began her update by thanking everyone involved in the search. She praised their “absolute determination and professionalism.”

She said: “We really appreciate both the support of the public and also the professionalism and absolute determination of colleagues from within Leicestershire Police, from partner agencies, the environment agency and from other forces up and down the country as we all continue to put every effort we can into finding Xielo.” The two-year old has been described by his mum as a “bundle of joy” who is a “cheeky” and “funny” boy.

Assistant chief constable Kerr continued: “And of course I want to continue to extend my absolute thoughts to Xielo’s loving family and an appreciation of how very difficult this has been for them.

“We will continue our search for Xielo over the weekend and we continue to have specialist resources both in the water, we’ll have divers and boats in the water over the weekend, above the water, and we continue to use airborne technology such as the National Police Air Service and our own local drones. And we’ve also got some really enhanced technology within the water looking for Xielo.

“We will also continue to have specialist marine dogs who are supporting our officers in our efforts to locate Xielo. And if there are any developments over the weekend, we will endeavour to keep everyone updated.

“Because we appreciate just how much care and concern there has been from the local community and indeed from the wider public, who clearly are as concerned about locating Xielo as we are. Thank you.”