Sadly, a Florida AMBER Alert was called off today.
Around 9 p.m. on May 21, 2020, 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley was allegedly abducted by two males.
Wearing a blue Captain America shirt, black shorts and black Croc sandals, Alejandro also has autism and is non-verbal. The AMBER alert claimed that "the child was abducted by two unknown black males driving an unknown, light blue 4-door sedan”.
The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), Special Victims Bureau and Missing Persons Unit were all called upon to investigate the abduction.
According to a press release from the MDPD , the victim, Patricia Ripley, Alejandro's 47-year-old mother, was with her son as she was driving westbound on SW 88 Street from 157 Avenue. At that time she noticed that they were being followed by an unknown vehicle. The driver of the unknown vehicle attempted to side-swipe her vehicle, forcing her to veer onto SW 158 Avenue. The vehicle then blocked her in while a male passenger ambushed her, demanding drugs. After stating she didn't have any drugs, he then stole her cellular phone and abducted her son, fleeing southbound in the unknown vehicle.
Officers had initially responded to the abduction of the boy in the parking lot of a Home Depot at 15750 Southwest 88th Street late Thursday night.
On Friday, May 22, news outlets began to break stories that a body was pulled from a canal near the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. This location was roughly four miles from the spot Alejandro was allegedly abducted.
The search for Alejandro ended tragically when the boy was found dead. Miami-Dade Police say they responded to the call of what appeared to be the body of a child in a body of water at a golf course at 7:50 a.m. They confirmed the body is that of a young boy and shortly after, the search was cancelled.
Shorttly after the search was called off it was confirmed by law enforcement sources that Alejandro's mother and father are both in custody being interviewed.
No information has been released on how the young boy died or where he was found at this time.