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Coroner's office confirms body found in frozen pond belongs to missing Aurora boy

Child's body found in frozen pond...

AURORA, Colo. - The Aurora police department says a body that was found in Aurora yesterday belongs to missing 6-year-old David Puckett. 

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office confirmed the identity on Wednesday. No traumatic injuries were found during the autopsy. 

"I have the very unfortunate news of letting you know that in a pond behind me, we found the body of what appears to be a child inside the pond under the ice," said Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz.

Bloodhounds looking for the boy didn't get good results but a scent picked up by a specialized dog led to the pond.

"We are treating the pond area and the area around it as a crime scene," Metz said.

David Puckett was last been seen at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the 15700 block of E. Amherst Place. An amber alert was issued on Monday.

Several posters are hung in the neighborhood where David was last scene. Many neighbors came together to help.

"That day I was on my mountain bike and I rode all over the neighborhood just helping to look. I walked my dogs in the park to do what I could to help," said Gregory Sinon, a neighbor.

Another man who's daughter goes to school with David, helped in the search.

"The first day we saw this I imagined if it was my daughter in the same spot, so we started looking too," said Victor Delosantos.

He helped along with nearly 200 other volunteers.

"I told my brother, I bet you the kid is in there and the moment that we got here we saw the police breaking the ice," said Jose Delosantos.

Police previously said that they believed Puckett had wandered off. Amber alerts are typically not issued in cases that do not involve a suspected abduction, but one was issued for Puckett because he had been missing for so long and because cold weather was in the forecast.


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