Child's Body Found in Icy Pond Near Where Boy, 6, Vanished on New Year's Eve
The grim discovery came as authorities offered a $10,000 reward in the search for David Puckett.
Colorado authorities say they've found a child's body in an icy pound near where a 6-year-old boy vanished outside his own home New Year's Eve.
In the days since David Puckett disappeared, the FBI and other agencies went door-to-door searching for the boy within 2.5 miles of his Aurora home and enlisted the help of bloodhounds as his terrified family was clinging to hope.
Three days into the search for David, the Aurora Police Department announced they had discovered the body of a child beneath the ice of a frozen pond in an area park.
The announcement came after 1 p.m. Eastern Monday and while police have not initially identified the body as that of David Puckett, authorities said they informed the boy's family of their find.
On Monday night, the reward for information leading to finding David increased to $10,000.
David's mother said he was last seen at his home in the Olympic Park area at about 5:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
"David, he is a good kid," Stephanie Puckett told reporters Monday. "I am worried, with how cold it is, that something really bad might have happened to him."
Temperatures in the area dipped to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit in the days since David vanished.
"The coat he is wearing, it is not a very thick coat," the tearful mother said. "If you guys can, please help me find him."
According to CBS Denver, police said David has a history of wandering away from home.
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