San Diego boy reported kidnapped actually drowned in the bay

Cell phones in San Diego County went off early Sunday morning around 2 a.m. for an Amber Alert for a missing 4-year-old boy.  It stated Wesley Hilaire was taken by an unknown black man from Mission Bay around 7:45 Saturday evening.  The statement read the man was around 40-years-old, 6 feet tall, 253 pounds with short black hair,wearing a grey t-shirt, dark blue jeans with a hole in the right knee and flip flops. 

Although there was a full scale search on the shoreline and in the water near the 3000 block of N. Mission Bay Drive after he was reported missing, Wesley was not found so the search broadened. 

Wesley was last seen at the beach with his aunt playing with other children in the water when he went missing.  An individual told the police she saw a man with the boy near the bathrooms and based on that information and that he had not been found in the water an Amber Alert was deemed helpful to activate.

Mission Bay and Fiesta Island attract many family’s with little children as the calmness of the water makes it fun area for children to play.  There are no large tide or waves like at the beaches, but it can still be dangerous for children who cannot swim or have little experience, because they can loose their footing and go under the water and can’t get back on their feet again. 

Around 11 a.m., on Sunday a Harbor Patrol sonar boat found the boy’s body under the water, reports 10 News.  It was determined quickly that he had never been abducted and the abduction report was a “bad lead.”   His body was found about 120 yards off shore from where he was last seen. 

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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