A 2-year-old Indiana boy reported missing was found deceased on Monday afternoon, according to authorities.
Courier & Press reports that a toddler in Evansville, identified as Carter Pickerell, was found inside a neighbor’s koi pond. The boy’s father, who contacted 911 when his son disappeared, told the dispatcher there was no way the child could have gotten out of their home.
“There’s no way he could’ve got out. I’ve checked the whole house, the basement, everything. I’ve been yelling his name.”
The outlet reports that within around six minutes, a loud shriek was heard on the call before a woman started talking.
“We’ve found him in the pond of the next door neighbor’s house, and we’re trying to do CPR right now. We’re getting some water out, but I don’t know,” the woman said.
First responders arrived at a home off of the 5100 block of Conlin, where life-saving measures were attempted, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear later reported that Carter passed away. His cause of death was drowning.
The child’s father told authorities that he left the toddler alone for only a few minutes to go get a pair of socks from another room. When the man returned, Carter was gone.
“I didn’t think he’d be able to unlock the door and go outside without me knowing.”
According to Evansville Police Department Detective Sergeant Peter DeYoung, no foul play is suspected at this time.
“At this time, we have to do the same process, regardless, and make sure we contact and talk to as many people as possible to find out exactly what happened,” DeYoung said.
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