PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities found the body of a 5-year-old autistic boy in a Tampa Bay area pond.

The Tampa Tribune  reports the boy’s father reported him missing Sunday during a visit to a Plant City farmers market.

The boy’s father told investigators he searched for the boy for nearly an hour before calling the Hillsborough County sheriff’s office around 10 a.m. Sunday.

The little boy’s body was found in a nearby pond around 3 p.m.

Deputies say the father was distraught and confused and the initial facts about the circumstances of the child’s disappearance were “inconsistent.”

The boy’s mother told authorities her son was severely autistic and only communicated via “baby talk.”

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