Body found in pond officially identified as David Puckett
The body discovered Tuesday in a pond has been positively identified as David Puckett, the six-year-old boy that's been missing in Aurora since New Year's Eve.
Police say no traumatic injuries were identified during the autopsy. The exact cause of death remains under investigation by the Coroner.
The body of Puckett was found in a pond at Olympic Park, which is about 0.2 miles from Puckett's house.
"I have the very unfortunate news of letting you know that in a pond just behind me, just about two or three hundred yards away, that we found the body of what appears to be a child inside the pond underneath the ice," said Chief of Police Nick Metz with the Aurora Police Department.
Police say they are treating the area as a crime scene until that is ruled out.
Law enforcement previously walked around the pond, but did not search in the water since they did not find any breakage in the ice.
The Aurora Police Department says fake donation sites have been created trying to take advantage of Puckett's death.
Aurora Police state there is only one authorized donation method for the Puckett family:
The above fund is the only authorized donation method for the family. There are no social media sites set up.
The investigation is now ongoing.
An AMBER Alert was issued for David Puckett Monday around 2:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Monday, Aurora Police increased the reward they're offering for David's safe return to $10,000. The Metro Crime Stoppers Denver (MCSD) have previously offered a $2,000 reward, with an additional $3,000 special reward. The Aurora Police Reward Fund has contributed $5,000 bringing the total reward fund up to $10,000. You can call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP or text MCSD at 274637 and remain anonymous.
The Aurora Police department says they are searching for an at-risk six-year-old boy named David Puckett.
Puckett was last seen around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the 15700 block of East Amherst Place in Aurora.
He is 4 feet tall, weighing 48 pounds and has light brown hair with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing camouflage pants, a black shirt with a tan coat and black and orange boots.
Police are vigilantly searching for the boy, along with law enforcement partners, search team organizations, helicopters and search dogs.
Police say Puckett has a history of wandering. They are asking residents to check their property. They are warning that children often hide in small spaces and do not always come out when called.
Multiple tip lines have been set up for the public. You can call any of the three numbers below with information on Puckett's location:
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation sent out the following statement at about 5:00 p.m. Monday: