Missing boy with autism, nephew of ex-NBA player, found dead

PEARLAND, Texas — Police in Texas have found the body of the 9-year-old autistic nephew of former NBA player Marcus Camby who went missing during the family’s Thanksgiving celebration on Camby’s property.

Pearland Police Lt. Onesimo Lopez said Marcus McGhee was found in a body of water near the family’s property just before 7 a.m., CBS affiliate KHOU reports.

In a Facebook post, the department wrote:

“The Pearland Police Department regrets to inform the community that Marcus McGhee has been found. Today’s search will be called off. We thank all of you for your efforts. The family is now in need of our prayers. Additional details will be released later.”

Lopez said there appeared to be no signs of foul play. McGhee, who had autism and was nonverbal, was reported missing Thursday. He had traveled to Texas from Connecticut for the holiday. Because of his autism, search crews were told he couldn’t cry out for help and that loud noises could scare him away.

On Friday, officers targeted areas between Cullen Boulevard and Hatfield Road and Brookside and Bailey Roads. Detectives also asked businesses along FM 518 or West Broadway to look at their cameras–to see if they might have caught a glimpse of something in a search that investigators admitted was tough.

Hundreds of people from the community gathered to help in the search for Marcus.

A Coast Guard helicopter had searched local bodies of water Thursday but found nothing.

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Autistic boy’s drowning leaves neighbors shaken

MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) The death of a 12-year-old autistic boy who wandered away from his China Spring area home and was later found facedown in a neighbor’s backyard pool left residents shaken.

Friends and neighbors identified the boy Monday as Christopher Gardner.

He was reported missing Sunday afternoon from his home in the 1300 block of Bend of the Bosque Road.

Neighbors began to search for him, using four wheelers and golf carts to scour the sparsely populated area.

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office sent its helicopter to assist in the effort to find the boy, whom a 17-year-old girl later found floating in the pool behind her family’s home, about three-tenths of a mile from where he lived.

“To have something like this happen it’s just so sad such a tragedy,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Monday.

Neighbors performed CPR and Gardner was taken to a Waco hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No autopsy was ordered.




8-Year-Old Rural Iuka Boy Killed When Struck By Car In Front of His Home

Boy Who Was Profoundly Autistic Had Apparently Slipped Outside Without His Parents Knowledge

Iuka, Ill – State Police have released a preliminary report on a fatal SUV pedestrian accident on U.S. 50 three miles east of Iuka early Tuesday night.

State Police say an eastbound SUV driven by 59-year-old Marla Meyer of Iuka struck 8-year-old Matthew Lindsey who had previously entered the roadway near his home. Lindsey sustained serious injuries from the crash and was later pronounced dead at Salem Township Hospital. He was the oldest child of Shawn Lindsey and Laura Carpenter and was in the second grade at Iuka Grade School.

Meyer was transported to the Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment.

Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says Matthew Lindsey, who was profoundly autistic, had gone outside without his parents’ knowledge and it was unclear what the boy was doing in the roadway when he was struck. Cannon adds it was not the nature of the boy to go outside along.

Matthew was found lying in the roadside ditch by first responders from the Iuka Fire Department, who initiated CPR. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies later joined the effort. EMS personnel continued resuscitation efforts enroute to Salem Township Hospital.

Cannon says Matthew died instantly from blunt force trauma to the head and torso.

The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction unit.



Body of missing 6-year old autistic boy found in pond near his home

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (KLFY) – Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux has reported that the body of missing 6-year old Autistic boy, Keaton Jones, was recovered in a pond located near his home.

The boy was last seen at home in the Fortune Hills Subdivision around 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

His family began the search for him with help from neighbors according to Boudreaux. He says his office was contacted around 1:45 p.m. when the child was not found by the parents.

Police continue to investigate the incident but had said earlier that it didn’t appear the boy had been abducted.

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Boy With Autism, 12, Fatally Struck By Vehicle After Reported Missing

TUSTIN, Calif. (KABC) —

A 12-year-old boy with autism was fatally struck by a vehicle in Tustin on Friday evening.

At 7:52 p.m., a nanny called police and alerted them that the boy was missing. Minutes later, multiple 911 calls reported a child pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle in the area of Jamboree Road and Portola Parkway, according to the Tustin Police Department.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene and found the victim unresponsive, police said. He was transported to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained at the crash site and was cooperating with investigators, according to the police department. News video showed investigators examining a black pickup truck at the location.

Neither speed, drugs nor alcohol were involved, authorities said, adding that the boy ran across the center divider and into traffic lanes before he was hit.



Missing girl found quickly thanks to ‘Project Lifesaver’

(WKYC) MANSFIELD, Ohio — A missing 8-year-old girl was located safely Tuesday thanks to an ankle monitor.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says the child was initially reported missing at 6:17 p.m. in the area of 380 W. 4th Street in Mansfield.

She was found 22 minutes later.

The ankle monitor the child was wearing is part of “Project Lifesaver.”

“It’s a project that takes steps to ensure the safe return of people who go missing,” the sheriff’s office says in a news release. “The project uses a tracking system to locate people who are likely to wander, including those with autism, Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

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7-year-old boy with autism in critical condition after near drowning

UPDATE: (KUTV) Seven year-old Aiden Nuzzo of St. George, who was found in the bottom of a motel swimming pool, on Monday morning, passed away late Tuesday night at Primary Children’s hospital according to the boy’s grandfather, Dennis Farr.

St. George, UT – Aiden Nuzzo, 7, of St. George, was in critical condition at Primary Children’s Hospital after he was found in the bottom of a motel swimming pool.

His grandparents, Dennis and Catherine Farr, said it was not clear whether is brain would respond.

“We are praying really hard that a miracle will happen,” said Catherine Farr.

Aiden and his mother Celia were staying at the Coronada Hotel in St. George on Monday morning. The two were sleeping, according to his grandparents, when Aiden, who is autistic and very physically active, got up while his mother slept and walked out the door.

When mom awakened and realized he was gone, she called 911.



Authorities find missing Duncan boy’s body

STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla. — After 14 days of searching, authorities have found a body that they believe belongs to 8-year-old Damion Alexander Davidson.

Davidson, who has autism, went missing sometime after 2 a.m. from his home on June 12th.

It was storming that morning and his parents told authorities they believe he left the house because he likes thunderstorms.

They say they found two beanbags pushed up against the front door that morning.



Body of Missing Girl Alexis Wartena Officially Identified

Amarillo, TX – Alexis Wartena, a non-verbal autistic girl, went missing in Amarillo around 3 p.m. on July 19th. She and her family were staying at La Kiva Motel. The police were notified around 5 p.m. and began searching in all of the surrounding areas, including T-Anchor Lake, which is located right behind La Kiva Motel.

Divers uncovered a body on July 20th from T-Anchor Lake.

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Autistic girl found drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys

Celina, OH – A ten year old autistic girl is dead after drowning in a channel at Kozy Kampground at Grand Lake St. Marys.

It’s believed Jade Riggs, walked behind her mobile home on SR 703 and fell in a channel at the campgrounds.

She was last seen around 5:30 this morning when her grandfather left for work.

She was reported missing a little more than two hours later.

More than 90 first responders searched the area woods, fields and water for the girl.

Just before 2 p.m., firefighters found the lifeless body of the girl in the channel.

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