Six days after an autistic three-year-old boy was reported missing in his Ohio home, police found his body in the pool of the apartment complex where his family lives.
Toledo police announced on Wednesday that Braylen Noble was found in the pool at Hunter’s Ridge Apartments on Gibraltar Heights Drive, which had been searched several times by numerous law enforcement officers since the toddler’s disappearance on Friday.
“It is common in police investigations, once an area has been searched, if nothing has been found, to go back and visit that search area again to see if anything was missed,” said Lt. Kellie Lenhardt, Toledo Police, according to 13abc. “But we would like to reiterate that the area has been searched numerous times by Toledo Fire and Rescue, the FBI, private search groups, and both live and cadaveric dogs.”
Tragic: Braylen Noble is a three-year-old nonverbal autistic boy who disappeared Friday afternoon from his family’s apartment in Toledo, Ohio. His body was found from the pool in his family’s apartment complex on Wednesday
It is unclear if police acted on a new tip when they returned to the pool on Wednesday, roping it off with yellow crime tape, and draping the fence around the pool with tarps to hide the water.
Braylen was reported missing on Friday afternoon by his grandmother, who told an emergency center during an emergency call that the child may have fallen or jumped from a third-floor window.
Braylen’s mother, Dajnae Cox, and his grandmother were taken away from the scene by police officers on Wednesday, reported WTOL11. The women were not in handcuffs, and no arrests or charges have been announced so far.
An autopsy will be performed on Braylen later in the day by the Lucas County coroner to determine the cause and manner of death.
More than 100 people gathered outside the pool on Wednesday evening for a candlelight vigil and left dozens of stuffed animals, balloons and flowers in honor of the deceased child.
“I wanted to support him, I wanted to express my condolences for him,” said vigilante Marcinni Leal.
On Monday, dozens of volunteers spent hours searching a three-mile radius around the Hunter’s Ridge apartment complex and handing out leaflets about the missing person.
The volunteers had gathered in a white gazebo just yards from the pool.
Volunteers are seen Monday looking for Braylen near his family’s apartment complex on Gibraltar Heights Drive, a stone’s throw from the pool
Braylen’s mother took part in the search and in tears appealed to whoever was allowed to have her son to return him to her.
‘If you just want to drop him off somewhere, please drop him off at the police station, you can drop him off here. Call my phone, ”Cox said NBC24 through sobs. ‘I know he’s crying, I know you can’t stop him crying. He’s picky, he doesn’t eat and even when he’s scared I won’t be mad. Please drop him off with me. I just want him home. That is it.’
Braylen was reported missing on Friday around 12:30 p.m., about half an hour after his mother said her son either jumped or fell from a third-floor window in the family’s apartment in the 3400 block of Gibraltar Heights.
In an interview with WTOL11, Cox clarified that she did not witness her son’s fall, but assumed it had happened because the screen in the window had been pushed out.
Braylen’s mother, Dajnae Cox, begged for her son’s safe return. She asked whoever was allowed to have her child to simply drop him off at a police station
She said that Braylen had not been able to sneak out the front door of the apartment because both she and the boy’s grandmother were home at the time.
When Cox went downstairs to get her son, he was nowhere to be seen.
As a recently released 911 call indicating Braylen’s disappearance indicates, the adults in the family spent about 30 minutes searching the apartment complex and surrounding area for the child before contacting authorities.
“I hope he’s okay, but we don’t know where he is,” the caller, Brayklen’s grandmother named Bobbie, tells the operator. “We’ve walked the whole lot.”
Using drones, K-9 units and dive teams, agents conducted a search for the missing non-verbal boy, scouting Swan Creek, which runs behind the apartment complex, to no avail.
The police also searched the swimming pool downstairs on Friday evening, but found nothing.
Cox has been interviewed by the police but has not been arrested, despite rumors to the contrary on social media.
Toledo Police, Lieutenant Dan Gerken, have described the van Braylen family as absolutely cooperative.
On Sunday, as emergency services continued to search for the missing child, Braylen’s grandparents organized a prayer vigil and begged for his safe return.
His mother believes that Braylen fell or jumped out of the third-floor window. When she went down to get him, he was nowhere to be seen
‘It has been stressful. I am emotionally exhausted. I’m physically exhausted, but I keep going, ”said Jessie Holloway, Braylen’s grandmother. 13ABC.
Monday, the search for Braylen expanded to neighboring Michigan, where the FBI reportedly checked a garbage depot.
Braylen was last seen wearing pull-up diapers and a red and white Mickey Mouse shirt.