A 6-year-old boy with autism died in an apparent drowning just seven months after his twin brother died in the same way.
Christian Baucom, who was living with a Mennonite foster family in Colony, Missouri, was found on Wednesday after a small pond was drained.
The pond where the young boy was found was in a hog enclosure a mere 200 yards away from the home where Christian was last seen.
Some of the family members had mentioned before that the kid always had a fascination with the hogs, that he would go down there, so that’s one of the reasons we focused on that as well,’ lieutenant Nelson Elfrink said.
Christian’s brother Jason was found drowned in a pond at another home last year after he wandered away from a group of playing children on August 25.
Christian, who his foster family described as ‘playful’ and who would never miss a meal, was reported missing on Tuesday.
The extent of Christian’s autism is unknown, but many people with autism have a fascination with water.
Search: Christian was said to have liked playing with hogs, and so police searched the pond in the hog enclosure
Carers: Christian and Jason were in the care of a Mennonite family in Missouri while their mother is in prison for an unknown charge
Up to 200 volunteers and helicopters with thermal imaging helped search for the boy.
After searches by foot, by plane, and on horseback, the boy’s body was found after a levy was partially broken to allow the pond to drain.
He and his twin had been placed in the custody of four Mennonite sisters when they were just two days old because their mother was and still is in prison for unspecified charges.
Police are continuing the investigation though have ruled the death accidental.
‘I’m sure they’re hopes was that we were going to have a better final outcome on this but they were obviously distraught when we did locate him diseased,’ Mr Elfrink said of the foster family.