“My 2 babies have been missing since 5.45”: mum's tragic Facebook posts before sons found dead in river

Just heartbreaking

Content Editor / February 26 2019

The mum of two little brothers who wandered off to the river for a swim and were tragically found dead by police the next morning posted a series of desperate posts on Facebook.

The bodies of little Barak, five, and Jhulio, three, were discovered in the Ross River near Cranbrook in Townsville just before 7am on Tuesday.

“Man my 2 babies have been missing since 5.45. I got 8 police cars at my house and everyone on foot looking for them please keep a close eye out for them on the streets near stock lands cranbrook and surrounding suburbs freaking rite out now. They only 5 and 3. Both have shorts no shirt or shoes. They just walked off. Please help Townsville,” she wrote.

As the night wore on and there was so sign of the boys, she appealed to people to keep an eye out for her sons.

“Thank you everyone I can not express my gratitude right now. Still can't find them we got police motorbike's and choppers out and 20 police units have set up on cranbrook park. I am so tired and empty,” she wrote later.

“Townsville council turning on lights in surrounding parks. Please if you live near a park or driving past it take time to have a look they will be cold hungry and tired now. Mum is missing you boys so so much.”

She then asked people to change their profile photo to one of her two boys together in the hopes someone might recognise them.


Hundreds of people posted on her page expressing their sympathy once the little boys’ bodies had been tragically found in the nearby river.

The heartbroken mum posted briefly to say that she needed to take some time out to recoup, and thanked everyone for their support and kind words.

Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.