Officials reported Tuesday that the corpse of a 6-year-old Georgia boy who went missing while vacationing with his family in Florida was discovered on a beach, a day after a massive search on land, sea, and air was initiated to find him.
Enrique Cortez-corpse Dubon’s was discovered along Surf Drive in Panama City Beach, moreover 1.5 miles east of where he was last seen on Monday, according to a tweet from the city.
The tweet stated, “We are heartbroken to announce the death of 6-year-old Enrique Cortez-Dubon has been found between public beach accesses 21 and 22 on Surf Drive. He was last spotted more than 24 hours ago, roughly 1.5 miles east of this location. Our heartfelt sympathies to the family.”
According to local accounts, the youngster, known as Richalo, was discovered on the sand. The city has been contacted by Fox News, but no response has been received.
Although the Panama City Beach Department could not provide a cause of death, it was speculated that Cortez-Dubon drowned.
He was last seen on the beach behind the Shores of Panama resort, where his family was vacationing from Atlanta, at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
In an attempt to locate him, dozens of first responders were deployed.
Before his corpse was discovered, authorities stated they were looking into whether he drowned or was abducted, however “the evidence leads us to assume he went lost in the sea.”
He was last seen in knee-deep water, and his family said he was unable to swim.
Police used aircraft and drones to hunt for Cortez-Dubon, as well as sending divers into the ocean.
Christina Majors of Tennessee told the Panama City News Herald that she spotted Enrique and his family playing in the sand outside Pineapple Willy’s restaurant on Monday morning.
“When we saw his image, we knew it was him,” she explained.
“I realize we have never met them, yet it crushes my heart. Every parent’s greatest nightmare. I couldn’t fathom going through something like that.”