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Published On: Mon, Sep 9th, 2019

Missing autistic boy Zavire Portis found dead in Inglewood park swimming pool

The body of a nonverbal 9-year-old boy with autism, Zavire Dion Portis, was found in a swimming pool at an Inglewood park in California, just hours after he was reported missing at the same park, authorities said.

Zavire Dion Portis

Portis reportedly walked away from his mother’s car at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, in the 700 block of E. Warren Lane

“We got a call about 4 p.m. from a frantic mother that she had lost her child over here at Edward Vincent Park,” Lt. Neal Cochran told KTLA, explaining that she got out of the car with her three children to get a drink of water from a fountain.

“When she went back to the car, the other siblings told her that the child had wandered off,” the lieutenant said.

Police brought in a helicopter and a bloodhound to help look for the boy.

The search came to a tragic end about 10 p.m., Cochran said.

A group of neighborhood children spotted a body at the bottom of the park’s swimming pool.

“We had the LAPD airship fly over and confirm they saw him at the bottom of the pool. And the officers dove in and got him,” Cochran said.

The pool was blocked by a gate, which officers had to kick open to access the pool, police said, noting that a small child may be able to slip through the gate opening.

While police believe this is a tragic case of accidental drowning, they are investigating to rule out foul play.

Anyone with additional information is still asked to contact the Inglewood police department at (310)412-5206.

 

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