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BREAKING NEWS: Sad Ending in Search for Missing Child

MOLENA - At 4:58 p.m. yesterday, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to North Madden Bridge Road on report of a person missing. A fifteen year old autistic male was reported to have been missing from the family home.

ADDED at 12:37 p.m. The child has been identified by the Pike County Coroner as Ephraim Moisey Burgreen.
ADDED at 2:36 p.m. The Sheriff's Office also identified the name of the child and advised that he was found at approximately 10:49 p.m. End of addition to original article.

After searching for some time, the Sheriff's Office requested that the Pike County Fire Department be dispatched for man power to aid with the search. A call went out on social media, and people from Pike and surrounding counties had showed up to help in the search. Five teams were sent out out to search starting in the woods and continuing until it was too dark to search any more.

Pike County EMA requested mutual aid from Upson County EMA, Georgia DNR, Spalding County Sheriff Department, and Meriwether Fire Department. Spalding County Sheriff’s Department supplied their helicopter with their FLIR camera to search by air.

Once the air search was done we then deployed a team of search dogs who went to a beaver pond about 300 yards from the house and alerted at the pond. We sent a team to see if we could get a boat into the pond and while looking for a way to get in discovered the body in the middle of the pond. The body was recovered by Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators are currently working on this case, at this time no foul play is suspected.

"Thank you to all of the citizens who came out and assisted Emergency Services last night. The outpouring of support and help from our citizens is what helps make Pike County a special place," said sheriff Jimmy Thomas.

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Submitted 5.9.19