The body of a 15-year-old Georgia boy with autism, who is also blind, was found in a pond, authorities said Thursday morning. He was reported missing from his Pike County home Wednesday afternoon.
Photo: Meriwether County Government
Photo: Meriwether County Government

Body of blind teen with autism found in pond

Authorities have suspended a search for a blind 15-year-old with autism after his body was found Thursday morning in a Middle Georgia pond. 

The boy was reported missing Wednesday afternoon after he wandered away from his Pike County home in the area of North Madden Bridge Road in Molena. Pike County Fire Rescue, search volunteers and sheriff’s deputies from Pike and Spalding counties joined in the “massive search” to find the child, the Pike sheriff’s office said on Facebook.

Helicopters and drones were deployed, and fire crews coordinated the search on the ground.

“Unfortunately, the body of the missing child was found in a small pond,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday morning in a Facebook post. “Investigators are currently working on this case. At this time no foul play is suspected.”

The teen has not been named, but Meriwether County shared his photo Wednesday in an effort to find him. No further details were released regarding his disappearance.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office thanked the many volunteers who helped look for the teen and for the “outpouring of support and help from our citizens.”

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