The search for a missing 3-year-old is over on a tragic note. The body of Titus Tackett has been found, and the circumstances surrounding this discovery are downright bizarre. Was the once-missing toddler murdered by some kind of predator, or was his body concealed after some kind of fatal accident? Authorities in Iron County, Missouri are working to find out the answers to these questions while an autopsy is pending. The Daily Mail reports that the discovery was made this afternoon.
Tackett vanished from the home of his grandparents on Tuesday night, sparking a frantic search and few answers. According to the boy’s grandparents, they had fallen asleep sometime before he disappeared. When the tot’s parents arrived at the home later in the night, they noticed that the front door was open. It was noticed at this time that the boy was missing.
@DatelineNBC this is terrible….RIP little Titus????
— Remy (@westindian1003) February 10, 2016
@NBCNews some obviously put that boy in a van
— Mike (@DrunkMike23) February 10, 2016
@NBCNews so so so sad…. He’s so young n cute… Rip to him… May God grant his parents d heart to bear d loss… So sad
— Jason toni (@Jasontoni2) February 10, 2016
Another grandparent not watching there grandkid poor baby’s this is horrible prayers for the momma and daddy!!
Posted by Delana Pruitt on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
KMOV News reports that a volunteer searching for the lad is the one who made the heartbreaking discovery. Reports reveal that the 3-year-old boy’s body was concealed by being covered with a blanket in the back of the van, which was found in the area of Lake Killarney. It’s also being reported that the body of missing child Titusd Tackett was found within a mile of the home where he was last seen — the home of his grandparents.
Social media is giving this case a lot of attention, and the loved ones of the now-deceased child are being held under intense scrutiny by the public. This is partly due to the fact that authorities do not believe that this is the work of a random predator. In other words, they cannot confirm that someone entered the home and kidnapped the child as his grandparents slept.
Seriously? Don’t have kids if you aren’t able to deal with a child & there tantrums or whatever is wrong with them!
Rest In Peace.. But there’s more to this story than anyone knows. How could this have happened in such a short amount…
Breaks my heart. It is our job as parents to protect those who can’t protect themselves. Things happen- but regardless…
So what happened to Titus Tackett? Was this 3-year-old boy abducted and killed, only to be left in a van to be discovered? Or was he killed in some other fashion by someone who is known to him and his family? There are numerous questions surrounding this case, but no concrete answers at this time. So far, authorities have declared that an autopsy must be performed to determine whether or not the child’s death is a case of foul play, but how else would he be covered with a blanket in a van?
[Photo via Iron County Police]