Officials said on Thursday that the 5-year-old Michigan boy who went missing on Christmas Day has been found dead. Beau Brennan Belson was last seen playing with relatives in front of a family member’s home in Six Lakes on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. when they noticed he went missing. Belson’s family members attempted to find him in the area to no avail, and then contacted the Michigan State Police for assistance.  

Police said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon that Belson’s body was found in a pond. Authorities said Belson might have wandered away. Belson “was recovered from a pond adjacent to the home from which he was reported missing shortly after noon today by the MSP Marine Services Team,” police said on their official Twitter page Thursday. The Michigan State Police and Sixth District detectives will investigate the circumstances surrounding Belson’s death, said Lt. Dave Cope in a press release issued on Thursday.

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