Dive teams to search Hudson, again, for signs of missing boy

NEWBURGH – Newburgh City and State Police divers are expected to spend the weekend searching the Hudson River for any signs of Marc Bookal, 4, the Newburgh youth who disappeared from his Benkard Avenue home on December 14.

Newburgh Police spokesman Lt. Charles Broe said searchers have completed an entire ground search of the southeast section of the city finding no clues as the whereabouts of the youth.

There had been a riverfront search by police K-9s as well as a river search with cadaver sniffing dogs.

Now, between city and state police divers, Broe anticipated between six and 10 divers in the river over the weekend. Because of the cold temperatures, individual officers won’t be able to stay in the water for long, so there will be a lot of rotation, he said.

Bloodhounds had indicated the possibility of some clues along the river, so that is what is bringing the divers to the river, Broe said.

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