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Missing Boy Found Dead in Pool

Posted March 16, 2008 5:56 p.m. EDT
Updated March 17, 2008 5:36 a.m. EDT

— A young boy with mental disabilities was found dead Sunday evening in Durham County.

Joshua Bullock Jr. was last seen around 1 p.m. at a home on Wendell Road.

Law enforcement officers searched on the ground and in the air for the 6-year-old boy. He had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), was bipolar and slightly, mentally disabled, authorities said.

“We want to see if we can't locate him as soon as possible,” Det. L.E. Kelly, with the Durham County Sheriff's Office, told WRAL as search crews combed a wooded area near the 5000 block of Wendell Road.

His body was found at about 6:15 p.m. about 60 yards away from the house he was reported missing from, authorities said.

Joshua had fallen into a swimming pool that was about half full with murky water, covered in leaves.

“He was located by one of our search and recovery guys at the bottom of an old swimming pool,” Kelly said.

Joshua and his father were visiting friends in Durham County when he disappeared.

“The dad mentioned that he took him inside the house for a moment and he went to put something down and once he came back, he noticed that the sliding glass patio door was open and ajar a little bit,” Kelly said.

Authorities said they are still working to piece together exactly how this tragedy happened.