Missing toddler found dead in water tank hours after he disappears during a birthday party

The body of a missing 3-year-old boy was reportedly found inside an underground water tank in a Florida park Sunday evening.

WJAX reports that Amari Harley was reported missing around 4:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon during a birthday party at Bruce Park in Jacksonville. Investigators claimed a tip led them to an underground water-holding tank located at the park as it’s large enough for a child to fit in.

After draining the tank, investigators reportedly recovered a small child’s body that matched the missing toddler’s description. Fifty officers assisted in the search, WKRG reported.

It’s currently unknown how Harley got into the tank. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) Assistant Chief Scott Dingee said that “all options are on the table” at this point in time, according to WJXT.

“We are going to work it [the investigation] to the fullest degree that we can and we will see where the evidence takes us,” Dingee commented.

Though the tank passed inspection, WJAX reports that an unspecified safety report was filed in January regarding the tank. The nature of the complaint is unclear right now but the local station noted that Bruce Park’s tanks use bolt coverings.

“Based on our review, the Bruce Park septic tank system has received inspections every month, with its last conducted on September 12th. (October report will be available after the month has concluded),” the city explained in a statement.

“All operations were noted as OK, meaning that it met all inspection standards. In February, the Bruce Park lid was secured, following an inspection on February 13th.”

Dingee said that authorities haven’t ruled out foul play. The medical examiner told People magazine that an autopsy was completed but officials haven’t revealed the results.

[Featured Image: Jacksonville Police Department]