Riley Dorcius was attracted to the water, but the 5-year-old boy didn’t know how to swim. He was diagnosed with autism and drowned in a Boynton Beach lake Saturday night, police said.
An alert asking the public for help locating Riley said he was last seen around 6:30 p.m. near the 10000 block of Boynton Place Circle. The four-foot tall, 60-pound boy was nonverbal and sensitive to sound, according to the alert, which came in the form of a reverse 911 call — an alert system used by government agencies to notify the public of missing people or public safety issues.
Volunteers from Hatzalah, a volunteer first-responder organization, used their amphibious vehicle to help locate Dorcius, according to CBS12, a news partner of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and Hatzalah volunteers found Riley unresponsive in a nearby lake and brought him to a nearby hospital, where he died.
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