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    Isaiah Moronta (13) and Manny Flores (13) drowned after jumping into the Hudson River

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/14/video-...-disappearing/

    Haunting footage obtained by The Post Saturday shows the moment a 13-year-old boy jumps into the Hudson River to join his pal, both of whom have not been seen since.

    The five-second clip from Friday afternoon begins as one of the teenagers, identified by family and friends as 13-year-old Isaiah Moronta, struggles in the water.

    The other boy, Manny Flores, is on the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, looking down at Isaiah as he surveys his own jump, as the clip ends.

    Items belonging to one were found Saturday, as a half dozen police divers searched the water.

    The family of both boys anxiously huddled as they watched.

    ?I had gotten a call from one of the parents telling me that my son jumped from the bridge, that's all I heard. I hung up and called his phone, I have a tracker on him, and I saw that he was in the Hudson,? Isaiah?s mother, Yvelise Beltry, 35, said.

    ?When I called the phone his father picked up, crying. I came right over here. When I came here they told me he was trying to save another kid,? she continued.

    ?They took their clothes off and my son Isaiah went in first, he came out, and the other kid went in, but he was struggling, and my son went in to save him, and the current took them away,? she added.

    The distraught mom clung to hope.

    ? He's somewhere, he's somewhere? he's with his friend,? she said.

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    Items apparently belonging to one of lost Hudson River boys found as search continues

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    The desperate search for two 13-year-old boys who disappeared after jumping into the Hudson River at Inwood Hill Park took a grim turn Saturday, when a Post reporter and photographer spotted clothing and other items apparently belonging to one of the teens.

    The items — a pair of blue eyeglasses and gray-colored pants or shorts — were spotted near the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge between Inwood and the Bronx, near where cops say the boys jumped into the river Friday from a nearby railway bridge at around 5:45 p.m. The teens were identified by family and friends as Isaiah Moronta and Manny Flores.

    Detectives were overheard telling family members — huddled together as they watched half a dozen NYPD divers scour the river — they had found a pair of glasses, which a relative recognized as belonging to one of the teens.

    Still, one of the boy’s mothers’ clung to hope.

    “My son is safe,” the woman said as she walked off. “They’re going to find him.”

    The pair were believed to be playing by the Dyckman baseball fields when they decided to jump in the river, police said. Witnesses told authorities that one of the boys was “struggling” in the current.

    The boys were pals who attended the nearby PS 278 Paula Hedbavny School on West 219th in Inwood, said a relative who declined to give his name.

    “We’re just trying our best to see, to find a solution. We’re still looking for answers. We don’t even understand what went on,” he said. “This is a nightmare. Two innocent boys …”

    “They don’t deserve to die like this. They were good kids,” he continued. “This is a hard situation.”

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    http://bronx.news12.com/story/420336...missing-friend

    The body of one of the teenage boys who went missing after jumping off the Spuyten Duyvil bridge has been found on Tuesday, according to the victim’s father.

    Oscar Moronta says he received a call from a detective telling him that his son, Isaiah Moronta’s body was not too far from where he and his friend went missing more than a month ago.

    He says someone called police after discovering the body, although it remains unclear where exactly Isaiah’s body turned up.

    Oscar Moronta says his son jumped in the water to try and save his friend, Manny Flores, who was drowning back on March 13.

    “They confirmed it was him through the dental records but it’s not easy getting that phone call it really hit me a lot of people have been thinking I’m strong in this but it’s actually just having good faith and having hope but it hit me pretty hard today at least I get closer I got what I asked for,” said Oscar.

    Sources tell News 12 that they decided to go to the river to have fun, and that Isaiah jumped in first.

    They also tell News 12 that when Isaiah came out of the water, Manny went in and he was drowning, so Isaiah went in to help him. They say both of the boys came up and they were both swept away from the current.

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    https://www.pix11.com/news/local-new...ttle-peace-now

    A body found on the banks of the Hudson River has been positively identified as Manny Flores, an Inwood boy who was swept away by a strong current in March, his mother told PIX11 News.

    Sue Flores said detectives notified her on Friday that her 13-year-old son’s body was discovered on Wednesday near the West 135th Street marina in Harlem, by 12th Avenue.

    “They found him Wednesday in the same place they found Isaiah,” Flores told PIX11, referring to Isaiah Moronta, a friend of her son's who had jumped from the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge into the Hudson River on March 13, trying to save a drowning Manny.

    The body of Isaiah, 13, was found on April 11.

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