Police Follow Footprints, Make Disturbing Find

| by Sean Kelly
2-year-old Clayton Foskey2-year-old Clayton Foskey

Pasco County, Florida, police found the body of a 2-year-old missing boy in a pond near his home.

According to Sheriff Chris Nocco, Clayton Foskey’s body was found on April 27 in a pond following a massive multi-area search. 

The boy was reportedly able to leave his home and walk down the street, and a neighbor’s surveillance camera captured footage of the boy walking away from his home. He was reported missing a half hour after he was seen walking on camera.

Nearly 60 police deputies were called in to conduct a ground search, as well as a marine unit, agricultural unit, multiple K9’s and helicopters.

Clayton’s body was discovered around 11 p.m. after K9’s found a small footprint near a pond. The boy’s body was about 15 feet out in four feet of water.

“[The] major crimes [unit] is out here,” Nocco said. “We are investigating this. We want to find out why this child was out there, how long this child was out there and how he was able to get out of the house. So I can tell you right now our major crimes detectives are working [this as] a death investigation."

The Sheriff’s Office released a statement confirming the discovery.

“It with deep sadness we report the body of 2-year-old Clayton Foskey has been located in the water about 150 yards from his home,” the statement read, according to Tampa Bay Reporter.

"We received the call at 7:20 [p.m.] that Clayton had wandered away from his home at 12600 Chenwood Ave. in Hudson. Immediate action was taken to locate the child with 60 deputies in the ground searching, marine unit, agriculture unit, multiple K9’s, helicopters including assistance from Hernando [Sheriff’s Office], New Port Richey [Police Department], and Pasco Fire Rescue and the Missing Abducted Child Team."

Sources: Bay News 9, Tampa Bay Reporter / Photo credit: Bay News 9

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