Autistic Boy Missing At Ikea, Found Dead

The body of a 9-year-old boy was found at the edge of a waterway after he was separated from his family at an Ikea store in Brooklyn.

Here’s What Happened

A 9-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday night from an IKEA store in Brooklyn, New York, has died after first-responders pulled him from a nearby channel following a frantic three-hour search, according to police.

Surveillance video captured around 9 p.m. local time Wednesday shows the child exiting the rear of the furniture superstore, which leads to a boardwalk and pier on the Erie Basin, the New York City Police Department said.

Police have not identified the boy.

Investigators reportedly recovered “articles of clothing” belonging to the child before he was discovered in the Red Hook Channel after midnight Thursday, the NYPD said.

Police said the child likely wandered out of the store by himself, but it is not immediately how he ended up in the water.

Emergency crews from the NYPD K9 Unit, FDNY and EMS responded to the scene to assist in the search for the boy. Helicopters and boats were also deployed during the effort. 

“We at IKEA are devastated by this tragedy. Our hearts are with the family at this difficult time,” a spokesperson from Ikea told CNN.

An investigation is ongoing, per the NYPD.

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