Cops Think Body in Frozen Pond Is Missing Colo. Boy

Foul play not suspected in David Puckett's disappearance
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 3, 2017 11:03 PM CST
Updated Jan 4, 2017 12:05 AM CST
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(Newser) – Divers looking for a 6-year-old boy who apparently wandered away from his suburban Denver home on New Year's Eve found the body of a child in a frozen pond Tuesday, the AP reports. The body has not been identified yet, but authorities notified David Puckett's family because they suspect it is that of the boy, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said. Bloodhounds looking for David didn't get good results, but a dog that can track scents in the air pointed authorities to the pond in a park Monday just a few minutes' walk from the boy's home, Metz said.

"I have the very unfortunate news of letting you know … we found the body of what appears to be a child, inside the pond, underneath the ice," Metz said, per CBS. The area had been searched extensively, but not the water because there was no sign of a break in the ice, the chief said. After the body was recovered, two holes were left in the frozen pond, which was surrounded by police tape. A bouquet of flowers was left along the perimeter. Police have said they don't suspect foul play in the disappearance of David, who has wandered off before. Temperatures dropped into the teens overnight, and David was wearing only a light jacket when he vanished Saturday. (Read more missing child stories.)

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