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Body of missing 1-year-old found in Florida septic tank

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-29 06:22:57-04

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla — The body of a 1-year-old boy who was the subject of a Florida Missing Child Alert was found in a Putnam County septic tank.

The Putnam County Sheriff Homer "Gator" Deloach III said there is nothing to indicate any kind of foul play, but it is still an active investigation.

Jose Lara had last been seen in Crescent City in the 2900 block of US Hwy. 17 S. at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

DeLoach said the thoughts and prayers of the sheriff's office were with the family and that this was an unimaginable loss.

He had last been seen playing in a backyard with his sister, authorities said. His mother brought his sister inside to clean her up and when she returned outside, authorities said she couldn't find Lara. Authorities think he must have accidentally fallen in.

The area is very rural and crews searched by air and ground, as well as using bloodhounds.