INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities in Indiana found the bodies of a man and his three young children who went missing last week after heading out on a fishing trip in a car submerged in a pond, officials said Wednesday.
The bodies discovered Tuesday night belong to Kyle Moorman, 27, of Indianapolis, and his children: Kyran Holland, 1; Kyannah Holland, 2, and Kyle Moorman II, 5, the Marion County Coroner’s Office confirmed. The cause and manner of death have not yet been established.
The family disappeared after leaving July 6 to go to a pond on the south side of Indianapolis.
Deputies responded to the pond Tuesday after receiving a report of a dead person in the water. The man was pronounced dead and a team of divers later found the vehicle with the bodies of the three children inside.
“Detectives are working to find out what caused this incident,” police said in a statement.
Family and friends of the Moormans had offered a $10,000 reward for information on their whereabouts. For days they searched the pond and the surrounding area. A private helicopter and volunteers on a private boat also carried out an inspection Tuesday, The Indianapolis Star reported.
Extensive damage and 40 people missing were reported from severe storms in Virginia, Tennessee and Maryland.
Moorman’s sister, Mariah Moorman, said the last signal from her brother’s cell phone was near the pond around 12:40 a.m. on July 7, a few hours after he was last seen. She added that her brother liked to go fishing at night.
“From what we know, he came here to fish,” he told the Indianapolis Star on Monday. “That’s what he told my sister. It is not weird. She does it all the time.”
The Indianapolis Police Department first disclosed that the family was missing on Sunday. Days ago, the police indicated that agents had reviewed the area on foot and with drones.
William Muse, a relative of Kyle Moorman’s mother, said Tuesday that he and other family members were frustrated that investigators didn’t check the pond sooner.
“They should have at least tried,” Muse said.