Authorities Find A Child's Body Underneath The Ice In Colorado Pond; Corpse Possibly Belonged To Missing 6-Year-Old Boy
A six-year-old boy who has been missing since Saturday is believed to have been found by the authorities. Police said that they found the body of a child underneath the ice at a Colorado pond on Tuesday.
The pond is located in Aurora, Colorado and a dive team searched the small pond at the Olympic Park the same day that the body was found. The missing boy was identified a David Puckett. USA Today reported that a K9 picked up the scent of the boy in the area on Monday evening and the search in the area was just a precaution, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said.
During the search for Puckett, more than 150 people from different agencies have been deployed. They have been out since New Year's Eve after reports about Puckett went missing reached the authorities. He was last seen at around 4:30 p.m. near the 15700 block of East Amherst Place.
Puckett's family looked for him for an hour before police were notified. He left their home after having an argument with one of his siblings and police were told that he had a history of wandering off.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation eventually issued an alert due to the time that the boy has been missing. The cold weather was also a factor in the alert.
Metro Denver Crime Stoppers also offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could give information about the whereabouts of Puckett. Authorities also said that they had no proof of reason to believe that the boy was abducted.
Metz noted that the family of the boy being notified about the body that was found devastated them. Investigators have not determined yet if there was any foul play that led to the death of the boy. The coroner is yet to confirm the identity of the child, The Denver Channel reported.
A friend of Puckett, Jake Trapp, seven, said that he is sad that the boy died. He was at the memorial to pay respects for Puckett and Trapp said he left his friend a stuffed animal, a note and a glow stick. The two attended Dartmouth Elementary together.