A two-year-old boy who disappeared from his family’s home in the middle of the night has been found dead half a mile from their residence.
Ares Muse disappeared from his home in Okemah, Oklahoma, on Sunday and his body was found the next evening, the Muscogee Creek Nation Lighthouse Police Department said.
The toddler was described as “loved” by a grandparent, who said “the hole left in all of our hearts will never be filled”.
“Ares was a sweet boy. Just short of his 3rd birthday,’ Brandi Gaither wrote on a GoFundMe page to cover his funeral expenses. “He loved his mum, dad and sister very much and was a second son to his aunt.”
Ares first crawled into bed with his parents, said the father, who has not been named. Ares was last seen at around 1:30 a.m. inside the home.
His parents woke up around 6:30 a.m. and couldn’t find him.
The toddler apparently got through locked doors and walked outside the residence, which is on tribal territory, Muscogee Nation spokesman Jason Salsman said.
After a 12-hour search involving several agencies, boats, drones and dogs, Ares’ body was found at around 6.30pm.
“We talked all day that we wanted a good result and we didn’t get that,” Salsman said.
“It’s unfortunate, but it doesn’t take away from the effort and how we need to be there in our hearts and minds for this family.”
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Foster shared a similar sentiment.
“We hate to be able to give such news, it is very unfortunate. But we’re coming together, Foster said. “And we had a lot of residents who wanted to help as well, and that’s just Oklahoma, and we’re proud to be a part of that.”
The fundraiser had raised about $1,800 of its $5,000 goal as of Friday night.
Ares’ funeral service is scheduled for Monday at the Springfield Methodist Church of Okemah.
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