Memorial for Half-Brothers: 1 Missing, 1 Drowned

by Danielle Cotterman on June 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

The search will continue for a two year old boy who has been missing from a camp where his 3-year-old half-brother drowned near Ellis Dam Saturday. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says while the primary search was called off Sunday, a secondary search is now underway using volunteers who will be searching the Muskingum River south of Zanesville Monday. Malta/McConnelsville Fire fighters will be looking between Rokeby Lock and McConnelsville. Officials say two year old Anthony Joseph Tullius and 3-year-old Ayden Leroy Cecil were gone when the family awoke Saturday at the camp site at Ellis Dam. Searchers found the older boy’s body hours later about a mile south of the spillway at the dam. A memorial for both boys is set-up near the Ellis Dam spill way. Two crosses bearing the boys names, sit along the river-side, surrounded by family photos, candles, and stuffed animals. One of the boy’s teachers from the Rufus Putnam Pre-School Program plans to hold a fundraiser, on July 8th, to help pay for funeral costs. A Vigil is planned at the Memorial Site for Wednesday at 7pm.