EMINENCE, Ky. (LEX 18) — A 7-year-old boy who had autism was found dead in a pond hours after being reported missing for his home in Eminence, authorities said.
Kentucky State Police said a search was launched around 10 p.m. Friday after troopers were notified that the boy was missing.
About 3:40 a.m., members of the Louisville Metro Dive Team located the boy’s body in a nearby pond.
The Henry County Coroner pronounced the child dead at 4:15 a.m.
“It is a sad and terrible outcome to lose this young man. We are truly thankful and appreciative to all of the different agencies that assisted the Kentucky State Police in searching for him,” KSP Post 5 Spokesman Trooper Steven Dykes said in a statement. “It is certainly not the outcome we ever hope to have, but we can be certain that by joined efforts, every effort was made to find him when every moment counts. Please keep this young man, his family and all those that assisted in the search for him in your thoughts and prayers.
An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.