The death of a “handsome and intelligent” five-year-old boy has “devastated the local community” in Sarn, the council chief said.
Bridgend Council Chief Huw David said: “The shocking news has devastated the local community.
“It’s a very tight knit community, so everyone feels it.”
The five-year-old boy tragically found dead in the Ogmore River has been named by police Logan Mwangi.
The youth’s body was found in the river near Pandy Park, Sarn, after police were called at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday to report a missing child.
He was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed to have died.
On Sunday evening, South Wales Police announced that a 39-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy, all from the Bridgend area, had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A force spokesperson said Monday: “Detectives continue to investigate the death of a five-year-old boy in Sarn, Bridgend.
“He was named Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, of Sarn.
“Three people arrested in connection with the investigation, a 39-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy, are still in custody.”
Officers previously said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
The force called on anyone with information to contact the major crimes team, citing reference number 2100268674.
Family friends paid tribute to Logan, who they described as “kind, funny, polite, good-looking and smart,” on social media.
Those who wished to pay tribute were asked to place teddy bears at a lamppost and a catwalk near the scene of the tragedy.
People arrived throughout Sunday and Monday to lay flowers, tributes, toys and stuffed animals in front of the riverside police cordon.
Many of those who came to pay their respects said they did not know Logan or his family but traveled to the area after hearing the news of his death.
A number of police cordon were placed around the river, as well as in front of a property on Lower Llansantffraid, the road opposite.
Police officers in white forensic suits were seen entering and exiting the property on Monday.
Chief Inspector Geraint White said on Saturday detectives were keeping an “open mind” about what had happened.
“We are keeping an open mind and working hard to establish all the circumstances of his death so that we can provide answers to his family,” he said.
“This is a thorough and sensitive investigation, and many people have been affected by this death.
“We ask that respect be extended to everyone involved and that people do not speculate on this incident on social media as it is an active investigation.
“As our investigation continues, I would like to thank the local community for their understanding and support as we conduct further investigations. “