Police are investigating the deaths of two people found in a Vermont creek Monday afternoon.
The bodies of Martha Illick, 70, and Terrence Dinnan, 71, where found by fishermen in Lewis Creek around 12:30 p.m. The grandparents were canoeing with their 3 1/2-year-old grandson when their boat capsized.
The grandson made it to shore and returned to his grandparents’ home on Lewis Creek Road, where state police found him over an hour after learning he was missing. The child was wet and sitting inside a car.
“We started to walk back up the residence, the child popped out of the vehicle and ran up to his parents,” Capt. Matt Daley, Vermont State Police, said.
It is unclear how the child got out of the water and into the car. He was wearing a life jacket but both grandparents were not.
Nearby neighbor Gretchen Morse said it is unusual to see boaters on the waterway, but it does happen occasionally as water levels rise in the spring.
“On the creek it’s mostly fishermen or people just sitting, enjoying it,” Morse said. “Usually we don’t see much boating on here because, usually, it’s too low.”