CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A makeshift memorial is growing outside the home of two young siblings who drowned in a neighbor’s pool in Central Islip.
Neighbors have been bringing stuffed animals, lighting candles and saying prayers for Ralph Knowles, 5, and Sharon Knowles, 7, outside their Naples Avenue home.
The two died Sunday after they were pulled from the dark, murky waters of a neighbor’s uncovered above ground pool, police said.
Police received a 911 call around 3:30 p.m. from the children’s mother Tia Knowles reporting that the two had disappeared from their home, police said.
“The police responded and started a search and in doing that search, a police officer saw what he believed to be a shoe floating in a backyard pool of a neighbor’s house,” said Suffolk County police Sgt. Edward Fandrey.