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Authorities say missing boy, 6, found dead in retention pond

Posted at 12:46 PM, Aug 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-05 12:46:38-04

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a missing 6-year-old special needs boy has been found dead in a retention pond behind his home.

Polk County Sheriff officials say in a news release that Adam Roach of Lakeland was found in a pond directly behind his home at 10:40 p.m. Friday by the Polk County Sheriff's Office dive team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Authorities say Roach was reported missing by his mother at 4 p.m. Friday after he'd walked away from the Carlton Arms apartments in south Lakeland. Sheriff officials say Roach was a nonverbal special needs child who also was partially deaf.

An investigation is planned and an autopsy is expected.

No further information was immediately available.

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