The search for a 6-year-old Lakeland boy ended in tragedy Friday after he was found dead in a retention pond behind his home.
On Twitter, the Polk County Sheriff's Office posted the outcome of the ongoing search.
Anyone with information is asked to call law enforcement.
A missing-child alert for Adam Roach, a non-verbal special needs child, was issued at 10:30 p.m.
He was wearing a navy blue shirt with dinosaur print and navy shorts.
Roach is 4 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs approximately 37 pounds. Roach is missing his front tooth and has a scar on his chest and left side abdomen.
The Lakeland Ledger reported that Adam, who was hard of hearing and functioned on about an 18-month-old level, walked away from his home in the gated community.
Authorities are now investigating his death and PCSO said it appears to be accidental. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office says Roach is autistic and it is believe that he wandered off somewhere in the vicinity of the apartment complex.