Missing child found dead on Mississippi highway

Published 9:36 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

LUCEDALE (AP) — Authorities say the body of a boy reported missing was found on the side of a Mississippi highway.

George County Sheriff Keith Havard told news outlets that the 3-year-old boy’s parents reported the child missing shortly before a deputy found the body on Highway 26 West on Monday morning, near the family’s home. The sheriff says say no foul play is suspected at this time.

Havard says the child was last seen by his parents at night, but would not provide details as to how the child got out or a possible cause of death.

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Havard said the Department of Human Services will be contacted Tuesday morning with a finished initial report on the case, and the boy’s siblings will remain with their parents. An autopsy is pending.