The FBI office in Minneapolis says provisional autopsy results of the two little brothers found dead in a lake on the Red Lake Reservation found no evidence of traumatic injuries to the kids. The corner says the probable cause of death of Tristan White and Avery Stately was fresh water drowning.
The two young brothers disappeared while playing outside their home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation last fall. They were found encased in the ice of nearby First Thunders Lake, four months after the search for them began.
"Our worst fears were confirmed," FBI Special Agent Ralph Boelter said, announcing that the two tiny bodies had been found about a half-mile from their home.
Police dogs picked up the scent of Tristan Anthony White, 4, and Avery Lee Stately, 2, on Sunday, the first day of organized searching after the weather warmed, Boelter said.
"So many people were hoping for the safe return of these boys back home," Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. said in a statement late Sunday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in the wake of this disappointing news, and their heartbreaking loss."
Foul play could not be ruled out until the autopsy was done and ruled out physical abuse or struggle.