New details emerged Friday after a boy in Florida, the center of an AMBER Alert, was found dead in a Miami canal.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 47-year-old Patricia Ripley told police that two unknown men cut her off in traffic on Thursday night, close to Southwest 158th Avenue and Kendall Drive in Miami. She said the men then kidnapped her son, 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley.
After the men forced her off of the road, according to Ripley, they got out of their car near a Home Depot off of Kendall Drive and demanded drugs from her. She claimed that when she told them she didn’t have any, one of the men grabbed her son from the car and took her cellphone and other items from her. Police have not confirmed what the other items were.
Ripley said the suspects were black men driving a four-door, light blue sedan. One wore a black bandana over his face. Ripley said she didn’t know the men and had not seen their car before.
“The statement that [the mother] gave us is that her child was abducted,” Miami-Dade Detective Chris Thomas said before the deceased boy had been identified. “Of course that’s definitely a possibility and we’re going to go with that information and we are investigating that case as an abduction.”
On Friday morning, police found the boy’s body at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, close to water. Local 10 reports that authorities pulled the child’s body from a nearby canal.
Ripley is now being interrogated by investigators. Authorities are also talking to Home Depot employees and pulling security footage from the store and surrounding areas.
“She is being interrogated right now. We are also canvassing several areas looking for surveillance tape that might show any vehicles coming in and out,” Miami-Dade police Detective Angel Rodriguez said.
On Friday morning, Thomas added that police were looking for the alleged suspects and are asking the public to submit any tips to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
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[Feature Photo: Alejandro Ripley/Police Handout]