BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - UPDATE: According to authorities, the body of Owen Black was found in water off Perdido Key.
Search and rescue teams worked all night to look for the child.
Crews targeted areas that the young boy was attracted to: colorful areas, places that he could hide, porches and sand dunes.
In a 2:30 p.m. Press Conference held Sunday, May 19, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said,
"It is with great sadness that the Escambia County Sheriff's Office releases the following information, at approximately 1303 CST our search for Owen Black is concluded. A citizen in Perdido Key observed him in the water washing toward shore. An immediate response has determined that he succumbed to drowning. There are no indications of foul play; however the s tandard investigative and medical examiners protocols will apply. We ask for the community and nation's prayers for this family in mourning and our thanks are again extended to all law enforcement, military, State and Federal agencies as well as the hundreds of volunteers who responded to Owen's call."
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office said 8-year-old Owen Black walked out of his parent's rental condo Friday evening, May 17.
He was last seen on Perdido Beach, east of the condo complex.
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The Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Owen walked out of his parent's rental condo Friday evening.
He was last seen on Perdido Beach east of the condo complex.
Black's family says Owen's autistic and doesn't speak.
Baldwin County Search and Rescue teams met for a training mission but were called out to Orange Beach to help with the search.
"So we're going to take all the resources we have here, which is quite a bit, and divert them to Florida," said David Webb, public information officer with Daphne Search and Rescue.
Boat teams searched west along Old River from the Perdido Yacht Club to the Orange Beach Pass.
They used side scan sonar to read the bottom occasionally seeing something worth sending divers in to investigate.
"It's tough, we've been in this situation before. You always want to find the victim for the family, but it's really tough on everyone involved including the searchers when you find someone, especially when it's a child," said Danny Mitchem with North Baldwin Search and Rescue.
Webb described what rescuers are looking for.
"Anything that might be remotely resemble a child that fits his description, whether it's hair color, clothing or body size, anything at all," said Webb.
The search and rescue teams from Baldwin County stopped searching Saturday night, but will resume on Sunday, May 19.
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