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Boy with autism, 4, found dead after disappearing in Georgia

A 4-year-old boy with autism was found dead in a pond after running away from an apartment building in Georgia, police said Tuesday.

Kyuss Williams, who disappeared Monday while visiting relatives, exited a Stone Mountain apartment complex around 6:20 p.m. and was reported missing just minutes later, DeKalb County police told the Post.

“Kyuss was recovered in a nearby pond around 2:30 a.m. this morning,” police said in a statement. “We extend our condolences to the Kyuss family at this time and thank everyone who worked to find him.”

The family noticed that he had disappeared but could not find him.
Kyuss Williams’ family realized he had wandered off, but were unable to locate him.
@DeKalbCountyPD

No third-party fault is suspected and no charges have been filed in ongoing investigations as of Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Kyuss, who had autism, was visiting relatives at the East Ponce Village Apartments when he left, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

“The family was at the residence when they realized the child had left the residence,” DeKalb County Police Chief Mirtha Ramos told reporters at the scene. “They didn’t know where the child was.”

Kyuss Williams
The 4-year-old disappeared on Monday while visiting relatives.
@DeKalbCountyPD

Police cordoned off the area for several hours after Kyuss disappeared, a resident of the complex told the newspaper.

“Fire departments, helicopters, whatever — they had it out here,” William Brown said. “They had the dogs, and I think that’s how they knew the baby was in the water.”

Rescuers searched a retention pond and found Kyuss’s body. Surveillance video from across the street captured him in that direction, WAGA reported. A neighbor told the station she thinks the pond should be fenced off to prevent further tragedy.

Rescuers found Kyuss' body in a pond.
Rescuers found Kyuss’ body in a pond around 2:30 a.m
@DeKalbCountyPD

“They’ve been looking for this baby since yesterday morning and if they just find this baby at 2:30 a.m. that’s dead wrong,” said resident Delores Watson. “I can only pray for the parents.”

The relative Kyuss was visiting with his family had just moved to the area, WSB-TV reported.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/12/boy-with-autism-4-found-dead-after-vanishing-in-georgia/ Boy with autism, 4, found dead after disappearing in Georgia

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