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.