The search for Evan Wesley Reed ended tragically not long after the missing autistic child's home was declared a crime scene. The official declaration of the crime scene puts to rest the question on why the search for the child was called off during the night on Friday when it was so urgent that he be found. So what do investigators suspect in this boy's disappearance and death? Is it at all possible that the missing child was murdered?
It's not reported why the home of the missing child was declared a crime scene, but it was declared as such at approximately noon Saturday. It was about two hours later that the body of Evan Wesley Reed was located in a body of water near the home. Even after the body of the missing child was located, investigators stayed at the home for a few hours to investigate, but details regarding this aren't being clarified.
Tonya Reed, Evan's mother, claims that a sliding door had been left unlocked and she believes he got out through there. She said she had last seen him watching cartoons, but when she later called out his name to check on him, he wasn't there. She claims that the autistic child had a sort of obsession with the water, which was near their home, and had a tendency to run to it.
If this child wasn't harmed somehow, then at the least this story is a reminder to parents that you must watch your children; especially if you are the parent of a child who suffers from a cognitive disability like autism or even Down's syndrome or other mental shortcomings. Unlocked doors combined with poor supervision can and will lead to situations like these. It's unfortunate that, at the least, poor supervision and improper child-proofing led to the death of this missing child.
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