Boy Drowns

Cushing, OK – 4-year-old autistic Okla. boy found dead in pond

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) Police say a missing 4-year-old autistic boy has been found dead in a pond at a Cushing park.

Cushing Police Chief Terry Brannon says officers received a 911 call around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday that Blake Murrell was missing. Brannon say officers determined that Blake was last seen near Memorial Park and the search effort was concentrated there.

Brannon says after consulting with other emergency agencies, officials decided to drain the pond so they could rule out the possibility that the child had fallen into it.

He says when the water level dropped, officers noticed Blake near a bridge in the pond.

Brannon says an investigation into why the child was at the park by himself is under way.