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'We love you all:' Auburn family thankful after body of missing son recovered

Game Wardens say the body of 5-year-old Valerio McFarland has been recovered from the Androscoggin River. (Helena Gagliano-McFarland)

AUBURN (WGME) – The body of a 5-year-old boy has been found weeks after he was swept away in the Androscoggin River in Auburn.

His parents have been desperately trying to recover him, so they can lay their son to rest.

At Bonney Park in Auburn, a bridge is filled with flowers, teddy bears, candles and balloons, marking the location 5-year -old Valerio McFarland entered the Androscoggin River 20 days ago.

His parents posted on social media that they were able to see him and hold him again Monday.

Game wardens say his body was found 5 miles downstream in Durham.

They say a man went out kayaking to help look for the boy and found his body near the Durham boat launch.

The man then called 9-1-1 and game wardens responded to the area and recovered the body.

Valerio's parents say he went into the water and his 10-year old brother went in after him. So did their dad and sister.

The two boys were swept downstream, but the 10-year-old was rescued.

On Facebook, Valerio's parents thanked everyone who searched for their son.

They also say they want to officially thank all of the volunteers after the funeral.

They ended their message with "We love you all."

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