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Missing St. Johns County 2-year-old found in retention pond dies at hospital

5:45 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A 2-year-old reported missing Wednesday morning and later found in a retention pond has died.

Catherine Payne, a Public Information Officer with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bloodhounds tracked 2-year-old Jet Gonzales to a neighborhood retention pond.

Emergency personnel with the St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department transported Gonzales to Baptist Hospital while providing advanced life saving measures, Payne said.

Despite the efforts of rescue personnel, Gonzales was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Payne said the cause of death is pending autopsy. The Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the boy's disappearance and death.

Police were searching the area of Linda Lake Lane, which is near County Road 210, according to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Sergeant Chuck Mulligan. The home is in the Sandy Creek subdivision.

Mulligan said the child was last seen around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police believe the child walked outside through an open door.

Police said Gonzales, who has brown hair and eyes and down syndrome, was wearing an orange shirt and a diaper when last seen.

Mulligan said there were numerous deputies searching on foot. The SJSO air unit also provided assistance.

Bloodhounds from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded and Mulligan said the sheriff's office dive team responded to search area ponds.

Approximately 500 St. Johns County residents received a Code Red alert phone message to alert them to the police activity and to make them aware of the missing child.

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