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Dead boy, 5, was due to be pageboy at mother and stepfather's wedding

A five-year-old boy whose body was found in a river over the weekend had been looking forward to being a page boy at his mother and stepfather's wedding next year, neighbours claimed today.

Logan Williamson was discovered in the River Ogmore close to his home in the village of Sarn near Bridgend early on Saturday, and South Wales Police officers have been questioning three people on suspicion of murder.

The boy's distraught mother Angharad Williamson had been due to marry her fiancé Jay Cole, a carer, next year after he proposed in May - and Logan was said to have been 'beyond excited' about the wedding.   

The couple had been together for around three years after Miss Williamson and Logan moved to the ground-floor flat. Mr Cole later moved in after she split from first husband Jordan Hunt, 27, after less than a year of marriage.

One neighbour said today of Miss Williamson and Mr Cole's upcoming wedding: 'I think they were planning on getting married next year but they wanted to get the kids involved. Logan was beyond excited - he was also so smiley. He didn't really know what a pageboy was - only that it meant getting dressed up.'

A man aged 39, a 30-year-old woman and a boy aged 13 remain in custody as police continue to investigate.  Logan and his family had recently returned from a holiday in Blackpool and contracted Covid-19 during the trip.  

Family friends said they received a phone call on Saturday morning from Miss Williamson to say Logan had been taken to the nearby Prince of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

She is said to have collapsed when doctors told her Logan could not be saved. Miss Williamson, a full-time mother, attended the hospital while Mr Cole stayed at home with their other children.

Logan Williamson is pictured with his mother Angharad Williamson and stepfather Jay Cole, who is Miss Williamson's partner

Logan Williamson, five, is pictured at the Ogmore River in Sarn near Bridgend where he was found dead on Saturday

Floral tributes near the scene where the body of five-year-old Logan Williamson was found in Sarn, Bridgend, pictured today

A police officer near the scene today after Logan was found in the Ogmore River in the early hours of Saturday morning

Police tape at a property in the Sarn area of Bridgend this morning, near to where five-year-old Logan was found dead 

Miss Williamson's best friend Rhiannon Hales, 26, led tributes to Logan and described Miss Williamson as a devoted mother. She said: 'They are good parents who love their children and bring them up well.

'My little girl is also five and she loved Logan, they were like little boyfriend and girlfriend together. I'm shocked and just devastated by what's happened, he called me Auntie Rhi, but Logan was like my own little boy. 

'He was such a happy kid, always said please and thank you. He loved colouring and did all the coronavirus posters in the front window of their flat.'

Today, police widened the search area of the Ogmore River with divers spending a fourth day scouring the water and its banks after taping off another stretch.

Another neighbour said: 'The divers have been in and out of the river for a long time now they're definitely looking for something specific. 

A neighbour said that Logan (pictured) was 'the kindest boy you could meet' and 'always looked so happy' 

Logan's mother Angharad Williamson and stepfather Jay Cole, who live in the village of Sarn near Bridgend

Tributes left at the scene in the Sarn area of Bridgend, South Wales, today near to where five-year-old Logan was found dead

A tributes to Logan left at the scene in the Sarn area of Bridgend today as police continue their investigation

A police officer stands outside a house in Sarn today as the investigation into the death of Logan Williamson continues

A photo of Logan Williamson is left today amongst the floral tributes near the scene where his body was today

'They've had the drone overhead flying up and down the river and the forensics teams have been in and out of the house. It's all very thorough.'

Family friends paid tribute online to the 'kind, funny, polite, handsome and clever' boy. Those wanting to pay their respects were encouraged to place teddy bears at a lamppost and footbridge near where his body was found. 

Neighbours speculated yesterday that police had removed a video doorbell as part of the search for evidence. A photo of the family home showed a strip on the doorframe where a doorbell may have been fixed.

But friends said the family did not have a video doorbell. The devices alert homeowners that somebody is at their front door by sending a notification to their phone along with a video.

Floral tributes near the scene where the body of five-year-old Logan Williamson was found in Sarn, pictured today

Tributes left at the scene in the Sarn area of Bridgend today as the South Wales Police investigation continues

The body of five-year-old Logan Williamson was found in the Ogmore River in Bridgend in the early hours of Saturday morning

Logan was in a nursery class at Brynmenyn Primary School in Bridgend where he was loved by pupils and staff. 

Mother Lois Shepherd, 25, left a cuddly toy baby shark chosen by daughter Maisie-Rae, four. She said: 'I'm just shocked and gobsmacked - the is such a small community everyone is feeling the pain of what happened.'

Messages left at the river bank include: 'Fly high Logan, sending love and kisses,' 'RIP angel' and 'Thinking of you.'

A mother of two who drove two miles to the scene said through tears: 'I didn't know the little boy and his family but I felt I had to come. It's so sad, I can't comprehend what the family is going through.' 

Chief Inspector Geraint White, of South Wales Police, said: 'This is a tragic incident. We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who has any information, to get in touch.

Tributes left at the scene in the Sarn area of Bridgend today, near to where five-year-old Logan was found dead

A police officer at a cordon near the scene in Sarn today as the investigation continues

'We would ask the public not to speculate about this incident on social media as this is an active investigation. If you have any information that can help, please report this to us. Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them in every way we can.'

Chief Inspector White said 'regular contact' has been made with Logan's family, who are being supported by specialist officers.

He added: 'We are keeping an open mind and are working hard to establish the full circumstances of his death so that we can provide answers to his family.

'This is an extensive and sensitive investigation and many people have been affected by this death.'

A spokesman for South Wales Central Coroner's Office said they had been notified of the death but an inquest was not yet due to open. 

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