NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search for two missing boys on Staten Island has ended tragically.
The NYPD spent more than two days searching a marshy area off Father Capodanno Boulevard.
The boys, 4 and 2, were with their mother trying to leave the area during the height of the storm Monday when their SUV hit a tree and stalled.
Glenda Moore and her boys got out of the car and went to a nearby home looking for help, CBS 2′s Emily Smith reported.
Moore knocked on a man’s door for help but he said no and turned her away, Smith reported.
Moore was then clinging to life — hanging on to a railing — when a surge of water came up and took her 4-year-old son, Connor, and her 2-year-old son, Brandon, who came right out of her arms, Smith reported.
When the water receded, the boys were nowhere to be found.
Their bodies were found Thursday morning in a wooded marsh.
Moore was on the scene when police confirmed her worst fears, Smith reported.
Sandy has been blamed for at least 37 deaths in New York City.
FEMA Deputy Director Richard Serino surveyed Hoboken areas heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Thursday and will travel next to Staten Island to continue touring the region in the coming days, the agency announced.
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