IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A 4-year-old boy, whose body was found late Monday night in an Iredell County pond, has been identified by investigators.
Cullen Anthony Lintzenich was reported missing around 5:45 p.m. Monday night from a home along the 100-block of Craftsman Loop. Investigators say Cullen was playing in the yard on his electric power wheels Jeep when he went missing.
Crews searched the area, going door-to-door and looking in a nearby pond where the boy's ride-able toy Jeep was found overturned in the water. The Charlotte Fire Department Dive Team searched the pond with underwater sonar for several hours.
"There was a large presence, a lot of community people came out to help, Iredell Search & Rescue came to assist with the search," said Sheriff Darren Campbell. "The search was directed in the body of water because of a toy that we knew the child was playing with, or previously potentially had played with was found upside down in the pond."
Cullen's body was found in the water by a diver around 10:45 p.m.
Sheriff Darren Campbell asked the community for "their prayers and support by respecting the privacy of the family during this very difficult time."
Officials said a firefighter was taken to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center with injuries suffered at the scene. They said the firefighter is expected to be okay, but did not giver further details.
Detectives from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office will be continuing the investigation.
Many in the community tried to help with the search either in person, or by sharing information on social media before Cullen was discovered.
"My daughter called me this morning and let me know the boy was found last night." said Cotton Ketchie in Mooresville. "It's just a sad occasion and I think as a community I think we need to rally behind people like this."
Ketchie is head of the Exchange Club, a service organization dedicated to making the "community a better place to live and work through Youth Programs, Child Abuse Prevention, Americanism Projects, and Community Service."
"The community can rally around the family, let them know that they do care," Ketchie added.