A 5-year-old Michigan boy has been found dead after he vanished from the front yard of a family member’s home in Six Lakes on Christmas Day, officials said on Thursday, Dec. 26.

Beau Belson was last seen playing with other family members in front of the residence around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25, when they noticed he went missing, according to ABC News.

The family attempted to search for him in the area to no avail and contacted authorities for help.

Police said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon that searchers found the body of Belson in a pond. Authorities said the little boy may have possibly wandered away from the yard, the paper reported.

“The body of 5-year-old Beau Belson was recovered from a pond adjacent to the home from which he was reported missing shortly after noon today by the MSP Marine Services Team,” police said on their official Twitter page Thursday.

The Michigan State Police and Sixth District detectives will investigate the circumstances surrounding Belson’s death, the department said.

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