Missing 1-year-old Florida boy’s body found in septic tank

On Monday afternoon, Putnam County Sheriff HD Gator DeLoach announced that the missing 1-year-old was found dead.Jose Lara was reported missing at 1:45 pm Sunday.News4Jax reports Lara was last seen around 1:15 pm Sunday afternoon, playing in the backyard of his home in Crescent City. His mother went inside to bathe Lara’s sibling, and when she returned, Jose was gone.DeLoach said the cleanout for the septic tank was covered with a board and covered with brush and was discovered Monday afternoon. “Some of our detectives removed the debris that was surrounding the cleanout, at which point they began draining the septic tank and found Jose’s body submerged,” he said.DeLoach asked for prayers for the family and for the first responders that found him.The sheriff believes the tank cover was rotted, and when Lara stepped on it, he fell in. Officials do not believe there was any foul play. “This was certainly the worst possible case scenario, in terms of outcome,” the sheriff said.

On Monday afternoon, Putnam County Sheriff HD Gator DeLoach announced that the missing 1-year-old was found dead.

Jose Lara was reported missing at 1:45 pm Sunday.

News4Jax reports Lara was last seen around 1:15 pm Sunday afternoon, playing in the backyard of his home in Crescent City. His mother went inside to bathe Lara’s sibling, and when she returned, Jose was gone.

DeLoach said the cleanout for the septic tank was covered with a board and covered with a brush and was discovered Monday afternoon.

“Some of our detectives removed the debris that was surrounding the cleanout, at which point they began draining the septic tank and found Jose’s body submerged,” he said.

DeLoach asked for prayers for the family and for the first responders that found him.

The sheriff believes the tank cover was rotted, and when Lara stepped on it, he fell in.

Officials do not believe there was any foul play.

“This was certainly the worst possible case scenario, in terms of outcome,” the sheriff said.

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