Jared McGuire-206

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The body of an 8 year old autistic boy was found in a pond 100 feet from his home today, one day after police launched a massive search for him.

Jared McGuire’s mother told authorities she last saw him sleeping on the couch Thursday afternoon. After she reported him missing, police searched the Greenacres area with officers, dogs and a helicopter. Police in this Palm Beach County town issued an Amber Alert after a witness reported seeing a child matching Jared’s description being forced into a van. It is now unclear whether that witness was mistaken.

Greenacres police say an autopsy will be conducted this afternoon to determine a cause of death. Authorities said Jared suffered from severe autism that required medication and that he had trouble speaking.

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