Florida boy found dead hours after mom said he was abducted

Statewide Amber Alert issued for 9-year-old boy abducted by two men in Miami FDLE says

The boy's abduction sparked a large search Thursday night after the two men reportedly pursued Ripley's mother's vehicle off the road, crashing their own vehicle into it, and blocking her in. Ripley's mother told the man she didn't have any drugs, at which time he snatched her cellphone and pulled her son out of the vehicle.

There has been a heartbreaking development in a South Florida Amber Alert.

An Amber Alert had been issued Thursday night for Alejandro Ripley, who is autistic.

Alejandro was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and he has a scar on his left leg, police said.

The boy's mother told the man she didn't have drugs. She said the suspect snatched her son and her cellphone, according to police, then got back in the vehicle, which drove away.

The Miami-Dade Police Department stated that the suspects fled the scene with Ripley in a four-door blue sedan. One of the them was described as possibly wearing all-black clothes and a black bandanna face mask, and might have cornrows.

Miami-Dade Police say they responded to the call of what appeared to be the body of a child in a body of water at a golf course at 7:50 a.m.

But security footage from the Home Depot shows Ripley sitting alone in her vehicle for 20 minutes before calling police at 8:47 p.m. Thursday, a source told the Herald. Police questioned employees at the Home Depot where Ripley was abducted, as well as the boy's family. However, police have not said if the body found in the lake is Alejandro's body. Officials have not yet revealed the identity of the victim and the cause of death remains under investigation.



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