Body Of Missing Autistic Boy Found In Cushing Pond

Tuesday, April 19th 2011, 2:20 pm
By: News 9

CUSHING, Oklahoma -- Cushing police have found the body of a an autistic four-year-old boy who went missing Tuesday morning.

News On 6 reporter Lacie Lowry said police recovered Blake Murrell's body about 3:30 p.m. in a duck pond near Memorial Park, about 150 yards away from the family's home.

He was last seen between 9:30 a.m. -10 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of South Little when he wandered away from the family's home. His family says Blake could not speak.

Police said they received a 911 call from Blake's mother about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Cushing Boy Body Found

Police focused their search around the park after witnesses told officers they saw Blake wandering around the area.

The Chief said the search expanded beyond the park, but officers decided to start draining the duck pond to help calm the family's nerves.

Child welfare workers from Stillwater are on the scene.  The police chief said they're investigating who was home with Blake at the time he disappeared and what the circumstances were.

Authorities are calling it a tragic accident.  Chief Terry Brannon said he's not sure if criminal charges will be filed.