Florida boy found dead hours after mom said he was abducted

Body of autistic boy, 9, who was abducted in Florida found in lake

Statewide Amber Alert issued for 9-year-old boy abducted by 2 men in Miami, FDLE says

"We are very sad to report that the child was found deceased".

Alejandro was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and he has a scar on his left leg, police said.

Alejandro, 9, reportedly was abducted around 8:50 p.m. Thursday while out with his mother in Kendale Lakes, Florida, just outside Miami. Miami-Dade police are on scene and will provide an update.

Patricia Ripley, 47, told police she was cut off and stopped on the road by two men driving a light blue, four-door sedan.

According to the Herald, the suspect told police a auto had forced her vehicle off the road near the store, then two men jumped out of the vehicle and demanded drugs.

The boy's mother told the man she didn't have drugs.

"She says she does not have any drugs".

"After stating she didn't have any drugs, he then stole her cellular phone and abducted her son, fleeing southbound in the unknown vehicle", the statement said.

One of the two suspects may be wearing all-black clothing and a black bandana as a face mask. "He may also have cornrows in his hair".

Authorities said residents should not approach the subjects but instead contact law enforcement immediately.

The boy's family, as well as Home Depot employees, have been questioned as part of the investigation.

One of the Home Depot employees told WSVN that Ripley was abducted after two unknown men rammed their vehicle into his mother's auto.

According to officials, Ripley was with his mom as she drove westbound on SW 88th Street in Miami, Florida, according to ABC Action News.

Newsweek reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for comment or further information but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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