The sound of helicopter rotors broke the silence over The Battery on Tuesday night as search and rescue teams scoured land and sea to find a missing toddler.
Early dispatches after the first call was received at 7:35 p.m. indicated he had gotten past the railing at the well-known peninsula park and fallen into the water, which was then roughly halfway between high and low tide. But as of 11 p.m., with harbor tides low, Charleston Fire Department public information officer Mark Ruppel said there was no confirmation that he had fallen into the water.
The 2-year-old boy, identified early today as Rodricus Fred Williams, was described by the family to police as having short twist hair and wearing a red shirt, blue jean shorts and black shoes when he was last seen near the stairs connecting the high and low sections of The Battery.
Authorities have not spoken with any other witnesses who had seen the child. The Battery was said to have been crowded at the time.
An amalgam of county and city agencies parked along The Battery and diverted traffic, setting up a command center as helicopters, boats and firetrucks from police departments, the Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources, among other groups, searched the area.