Body of missing six-year-old Georgia boy is found on Florida beach one day after he disappeared from resort while on vacation with his family
Police say the body of a missing six-year-old boy who disappeared from a Florida beach while his family was on vacation has been found.
Panama City Beach police spokeswoman Debbie Ward said Enrique Cortez-Dubon’s body was found on the sand in the 86000 block of Surf Drive at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, WVTM13 reported.
Police said the boy appeared to have drowned but that an investigation into his cause of death was under way.
‘This was nobody’s fault. This was a tragic accident,’ Chief J.R. Talamantez told reporters on Tuesday evening.
‘Of course, this is not the outcome we would have wanted, but it is some closure for the family.
‘Our hearts are broken for this family. We know they are grieving and our prayers are with them.’
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover the funeral expenses.
Police say the body of Enrique Cortez-Dubon, a missing six-year-old boy who disappeared from a Florida beach while his family was on vacation, has been found.
Police said the boy appeared to have drowned but that an investigation into his cause of death was under way
The six-year-old boy went missing while on vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida with his family
Cortez-Dubon was last seen at around 11:30 a.m. on July 5 in shallow water on the beachfront of the Shores of Panama resort in popular vacation destination Panama City Beach, about 1.5 miles away from where his body was found.
The six-year-old and his family were on vacation from the Atlanta area, arriving on Saturday with plans to stay one week, the Panama City News Herald reported.
Cortez-Dubon’s family realized he was missing some time after noon on July 5 and immediately contacted law enforcement.
More than 80 first responders were dispatched to search for the young boy on Monday, Panama City Beach Police Chief Talamantez told reporters at the time.
Members of the Beach Police, Panama City Police Department, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Coast Guard and local firefighters assisted in the search, the News Herald reported.
The chief added that authorities were utilizing drones, helicopters and were performing dive searches in an effort to locate the boy.
Talamantez has urged parents to talk to their children about water safety.
‘Enrique was a small child. There were hundreds of people around him, and it can happen that quickly,’ he said.
Police searched for the child for two days, using helicopters and drones to scan the island and sending divers into the water. Talamantez said the body was found after someone reported seeing a body in the water.
Before the boy was found, police said they were investigating the possibilities that the child may have drowned or that he was abducted, although ‘the evidence leads us to believe he went missing in the water.’
Christina Majors of Tennessee told the Panama City News Herald that she saw Enrique playing in the sand with his family Monday morning behind a restaurant.
‘When we saw his picture, we knew exactly who it was,’ she said. ‘I know we personally don’t know them, but it just breaks my heart. That’s every parent’s worst fear. I couldn’t imagine having to live that through.’