The body of a 4-year-old boy who was reported missing Monday evening was found in a pond in Mooresville, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said the child has been missing since about 4:30 p.m. Shortly after that, family members found a child’s ride-on toy jeep flipped over and floating in the pond.
Family members called the sheriff’s office, and several local fire departments joined the search.
More than 50 searchers could be seen later near the pond or on surrounding property. One man searched on horseback. Crews used search dogs and went door to door. The Charlotte Fire Department Dive Team searched the pond with underwater sonar.
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Officials said the boy’s body was found in the water by a diver around 10:45 p.m.
The boy is a foster child who had been living with the family on Craftsman Loop in Mooresville for nearly a year.
His name was not released.
Officials also said a firefighter was taken to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center with injuries suffered at the scene. They said the firefighter is expected to be OK but did not give further details.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death.
WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, contributed.