Friday, 05 June, 2020

Autistic boy, 9, found dead after kidnapping from Home Depot parking lot

Statewide Amber Alert issued for 9-year-old boy abducted by two men in Miami FDLE says Body of autistic boy, 9, who was abducted in Florida found in lake
Cecil Davis | 23 May, 2020, 15:28

An Amber Alert had been issued Thursday night for Alejandro Ripley, who is autistic.

News outlets reported a body was pulled from a canal near the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from the spot he was allegedly abducted. They say, at this time, they can't confirm if it's Alejandro.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Ripley and his mother, identified as Patricia Ripley, were driving westbound on SW 88 Street when they noticed a vehicle following them.

The FLDE reports Ripley, who is from Miami, was last seen Thursday near a Home Depot store on Kendell Drive.

"She says she does not have any drugs".

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The vehicle then blocked her as a passenger got out of the auto, ambushing Ripley and demanding drugs from her, Rodriguez said.

"The passenger of the vehicle exits the vehicle, approaches the mother, and demands drugs". At that point he took her son and her cellphone. The vehicle then drove off and headed south.

According to the Amber Alert, the suspects were two black males, and "one of the abductors may be wearing all black clothing and a black bandanna as a face mask".

About two dozen people gathered Friday for a memorial service for the boy outside The Friendship Circle of Miami, a center for children with special needs, that the boy attended before a shutdown because of coronavirus rules, according to the station.

Officers are asking anyone with information about Alejandro's whereabouts to call 911 or 305-476-5423 or 1-888-356-4774. We will update this story as more information is received.