A missing 7-year-old boy with autism was reportedly found dead on Christmas morning in a backyard pool of a vacant home.
KHON reported that Paul “Kevin” Rozier III was reported missing from his Mililani, Hawaii, home at around 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The child’s body was reportedly found at 8 a.m. the following day in a pool of a home located approximately half a mile away.
The child’s mother, Jazmine Rozier, reportedly confirmed her son’s death in a Facebook group called “Stolen Stuff Hawaii” and on her own page.
“You can stop looking. He’s gone,” the heartbroken mother wrote on a Facebook post made for her missing son.
Jazmine later thanked everyone who helped in the search. The tight-knit island rallied together as news of the young boy’s disappearance began to circulate. The child’s father, Paul Rozier, said that people came from all over the island to help locate their son.
“We just wanted to say thank you for not making us feel alone in one of the worst times of our lives,” Jazmine told KHON. “His personality, his spirit, his heart, he was just the most caring loving amazing kid ever and we only had seven years with him.”
“But those were the best seven years I could have ever asked for.”
Paul explained that a characteristic of his son’s autism was a strong urge to wander off.
Honolulu police told the station that a neighbor walking past the home discovered the child and called 911. They also claimed that nobody was home at the time and that the dwelling was possibly vacant.
KITV reported that police said there’s no indication that foul play was involved in the young boy’s tragic death.
[Featured Image: Paul “Kevin” Rozier III/Facebook]