Police: Missing autistic boy dead after he was found in pond

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MASON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities said a 5-year-old boy with autism who was found in a retention pond has died.

The Warren County sheriff’s office said deputies were dispatched to a Deerfield Township residence at about 7 p.m. Friday after the child was reported missing.

The sheriff’s office said deputies and fire rescue units searched the area and eventually found the boy in a retention pond. Sgt, Brian Hounshell said the boy later died at a hospital.

Officials said the investigation is still going on, but the death appears to have been a tragic accident.

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