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Body of missing, endangered 4-year-old found in Molino : NorthEscambia.com

The body of a missing 4-year-old boy was found in a pond just before 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The child, who was unable to speak, was reported missing shortly after 9 a.m. from a home in the 5000 block of Barrineau Park School Road.

After a search involving over 100 rescuers, the body of Darrel Beck was found by a dive team in one of the large ponds on the large, fenced property. He was last seen wearing a diaper and a Batman T-shirt.

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“After an exhaustive search, involving multiple agencies, multiple first responders, I’m sad to report that we have found a body. The body was found in one of the ponds,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told NorthEscambia.com. “The family is obviously devastated and we ask that you keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.”

The search involved K-9 teams and drones, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Escambia Search and Rescue, Escambia County EMS, Call to Rescue, Legacy K-9s, Florida Fish and Wildlife and other search and rescue teams. Dozens of area residents roamed the roads surrounding the perimeter of the search area throughout the morning, with many searching neighboring properties.

No further details were disclosed.

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