Sadly, 3-year-old Ahizya Osceola was found dead Friday in his parents’ home. The death of the Native American boy who went missing Thursday in Florida has locals seeking answers about who or what killed the tribal child. At this point, police only would say Ahizya’s death is being treated as a “criminal investigation,” this according to a Sun Sentinel news report.
After an exhaustive search, police in Hollywood, where the boy was reported missing, found Ahizya’s remains in the family home located in the 5400 block of Johnson Street. Authorities are not saying what specifically led them to the child’s corpse. Instead, at this point of the investigation, they only revealed that Osceola was located in a part of the residence out of the public’s eye.
According to a preliminary timeline in the death investigation of Ahizya Osceola, the boy’s father, Nelson, 24, said he saw his son alive about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Three hours earlier, he went to check on the family at their home. At the time, his wife, Karen (age not provided), was awake with their 8-month-old daughter. When he departed, the boy was asleep.
A short time later, Nelson said he received a text message from Karen that said Ahizya had vanished. Apparently, she fell back to sleep with the baby when he [Nelson] departed earlier. Police were called and a frantic search, which included bloodhounds and air support, ensued, to no avail. Meanwhile, the boy’s mother made a frantic plea to the public to help in the return of her baby.
“Please call the police department so I can have my baby back. I just want him back. He’s my heart; he’s my life. I just want him home.”
The search was called off hours later. Then, police received a tip. They searched the home again and found Osceola’s body.
Chief Frank Fernandez addressed the media about the latest developments in the search for the young boy. However, he didn’t elaborate if the boy’s death was accidental or deliberate.
“Ahizya’s body was found deceased inside the household. It was an obscure area not visible to the average person looking through the house. Due to developments in the case, the Hollywood Police Department is no longer seeking the public’s assistance in searching for 3-year-old Ahizya Osceola.”
After the Inquisitr’s previous report on Ahizya Osceola’s body being found, new information sourced says his siblings are safe and have been placed in the custody of relatives.
So far, no arrests have been made, and it’s unclear if any are forthcoming. Family members said once Ahizya’s body is released by the county medical examiner, he will be buried at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian reservation.
[Photo by: Broward Palm Beach News]