Police said a 9-year-old boy with autism from Connecticut who went missing in Texas was found dead on Saturday.
Pearland Police posted on Facebook early Saturday morning that the search which was scheduled to resume later had been called off after Marcus McGhee's body was found.
SEARCH CALLED OFF: The Pearland Police Department regrets to inform the community that Marcus McGhee has been... https://t.co/OTK3EDN6Pl— Pearland Police (@PearlandPD) November 26, 2016
Police said McGhee was found near a body of water near his family's property just before 7 a.m.
McGhee was a student at the CREC, or Capitol Region Education Council, River Street School in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
"The CREC community is saddened by the loss of Marcus McGhee, a student at CREC River Street School," Communications Director Amanda Falcone told Eyewitness News.
"He was a very special person to our staff, and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Counselors will be available to staff and students beginning this weekend and throughout next week," Falcone said.
Police and civilian searchers spent hours Thursday and Friday searching for Marcus who disappeared from a home on Fite Road on Thursday afternoon. Pearland Police told Eyewitness News that Marcus and his family were visiting relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday.
"It's starting to get late. It's starting to get cold," Pearland Police Lt. Onesimo Lopez said.
"I'm wearing a jacket and as far as we know, he left without a jacket. He's out there in a t-shirt and some sweatpants so we're definitely going to be concerned about his health," Lt. Lopez said.
For the remainder of Thursday and all day Friday, The Coast Guard, ATVs and volunteers were assisting police with the search. As night fell on Friday, police told civilian searchers to stand down and discouraged residents from searching on their own..
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