UPDATE: Search Continues For Missing Child In Piney Point

UPDATE – At approximately 2:30 p.m. on July 18, first responders got a call that a body had been located near Camp Merryeland.

They would soon after confirm the identity as that of the 10-year-old girl, Genesi Elizabeth Sosa-Bonilla.

She would be confirmed as deceased soon after arrival.

SMCSO UPDATE – 7/18/2022 – On July 17, 2022, at 1:05 p.m. the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office along with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and various community members from the volunteer fire and rescue companies responded to Camp Merryelande located at 15914 Camp Merryelande Road in Piney Point, for the report of swimmers in distress.

Preliminary investigation indicates two 10-year-old juveniles, and an adult male were in the water when the current pulled them further out into the Potomac River. The adult made it to shore safely, and one of the two juveniles was rescued from the water by citizens nearby.

Today, the search continues for the second 10-year-old female, Genesi Elizabeth Sosa-Bonilla. Maryland State Police Trooper 7 helicopter, Charles County Fire Department Dive Team, along with United States Coast Guard helicopters, and drones from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, also responded to the scene and assisted in the search. Sheriff’s Office personnel and the Coast Guard remained on scene throughout the night and continued the search.

A unified command post has been established at the scene and the search for the missing child continues.

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

UPDATE: Search Continues For Missing Child In Piney Point

UPDATE AT 9:00 P.M. — The search for the missing child has been suspended for the time being, with first responders returning to service. More details are expected to be released tomorrow, July 18.

The U.S. Coast Guard will remain on the scene overnight, with other units expected to return and resume searching at sunrise.

Dolphins jumping around the search boat.

UPDATE AT 6:15 P.M. — Due to impending weather, the search has been temporarily suspended. Additionally, the initial dispatch indicated that three patients were missing. The total number of missing patients was two females, one of which has been found.

UPDATE AT 5:30 P.M. — First responders are still actively searching for the missing child at this time.

Continue to avoid the scene if possible.

PINEY POINT, Md. — We are receiving reports of a water rescue that is underway for a child off the Potomac.

At approximately 2:03 p.m. on July 17, first responders were called to the 15000 block of Camp Merryelande Road for reports of three swimmers which had been swept out into a coastal waterway.

One additional swimmer and one person on a paddleboard proceeded to chase after them. Initial reports indicate that all three of the patients swept out were children of various ages.

One patient was rescued prior to the arrival of first responders, and a second patient was located soon after.

The third patient, identified by first responders as a 10-year-old Hispanic female, has not been located at this time. She was reportedly wearing a white shirt.

Resources including the Maryland State Police, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, other miscellaneous boaters, and the U.S. Coast Guard are assisting with the search and water rescue.

Avoid the area at this time.

Contact our news desk at news@thebaynet.com

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  1. Why is there no missing person alert system similar to Amber Alert ?
    We were coming down the river about that time and cut under the bridge, but would have gone that way had we known. Maybe we could have made a difference.

  2. There are many things that went wrong and were wrong about the situation. There is a lot of private property on which neither the police volunteers rescuers or the family were allowed to access the shoreline during rescue attempts. Money can’t buy you a conscience but it can’t help you escape karma either.

  3. Seriously? If you don’t find my previous comment to be a valid… then I understand why the author decided to include a crime solvers report line in the article rather than a call for volunteers or information or request of donation to the family. Don’t worry your article has been circulated to be sure every church community has a subject of prayer. Thank you

  4. Perhaps you should also get your facts right and visit delinquent moral ethics anonymous workshop because we had the distressed swimmers on the 17th not again on the 18th. And please feel free to always give kudos to our St. Mary’s County police department for all the crap they deal with rather than be disrespectful to them at any point. Because if you’d like to see the crap they have to deal with on a regular basis then I’m sure they’ll take your application.

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