9-Year-Old Autistic Boy Found Dead After Being Kidnapped In Attack At Home Depot
Miami, FL – The body of a nine-year-old autistic boy who was kidnapped from the parking lot of a Home Depot store on Thursday night was discovered by police on Friday morning.
The search for nine-year-old Alejandro Ripley began the night prior, after his mother, 47-year-old Patricia Ripley, told police that they were ambushed by two men who demanded drugs from her, NBC News reported.
"The driver of the unknown vehicle attempted to side-swipe her vehicle," police said in a statement. "The vehicle then blocked her in while a male passenger ambushed her, demanding drugs."
When Patricia Ripley told him she did not have any drugs, he grabbed her phone away from her and forced Alejandro Ripley into his vehicle.
The suspects and the abducted boy then sped off in a light blue sedan, according to FOX News.
The kidnappers were described as black males, one of whom was wearing a black bandana over his face and was wearing all-black clothing.
An AMBER Alert was issued for the non-verbal boy just before midnight, NBC News reported.
Police warned the public not to approach the suspects and to call law enforcement immediately if they are spotted, according to FOX News.
Investigators located Alejandro Ripley’s body on Friday morning approximately four miles away from the parking lot where he was kidnapped, NBC News reported.
“The Florida Amber Alert for Alejandro Ripley has been cancelled,” the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said in a statement. “We are very sad to report that the child was found deceased.”
No further information has been released.
Miami-Dade police confirmed that a body that appears to be a young child was found floating in a lake near 138 Court and SW 62nd Street at approximately 7:50 a.m. on Friday, but they have not confirmed that the body was that of the abducted boy, WFOR reported.