The body of a nonverbal 9-year-old boy with autism was found in a swimming pool at an Inglewood park hours after he was reported missing at the same park, authorities said.
Zavire Dion Portis was last seen just before 4 p.m. when he walked away from his mother’s car, which was parked at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, in the 700 block of E. Warren Lane, the Inglewood Police Department said in a written statement.
“We got a call about 4 p.m. from a frantic mother that she had lost her child over here at Edward Vincent Park,” Lt. Neal Cochran told KTLA. The woman told police she had her three children with her when she stopped the car and got out to get a drink of water from a fountain.
“When she went back to the car, the other siblings told her that the child had wandered off,” the lieutenant said.