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Missing Autistic Boy’s Body Found in Fla.

February 24, 2006

GREENACRES, Fla. (AP) _ An 8-year-old autistic boy was found dead in a pond near from his home Friday, one day after police launched a search for the boy who a witness reported seeing kidnapped.

``We are still looking into the abduction angle,″ Greenacres Police Lt. Michael Porath said. But he said that because the boy was found only about 100 yards from his home, a kidnapping appears less likely.

An autopsy was planned Friday to determine the cause of death, Porath said. Authorities said Jared McGuire had severe autism and took medication.

Jared’s mother told authorities she had last seen him sleeping on the couch Thursday afternoon. Police scoured the area with officers, dogs and a helicopter before the body was spotted Friday.

Greenacres is 8 miles south of West Palm Beach.

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