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Police: Missing autistic Florida boy found dead

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Police issued an alert for Jared McGuire Friday.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Police said they had found the body Friday of an 8-year-old autistic boy who had been reported missing in Greenacres, Florida.

Jared Jordan McGuire's body was found in a pond about 300 feet from his home, Lt. Michael Porath said.

Porath said it is not clear if any crime was involved. The cause of the child's death will not be known until an autopsy is conducted.

Authorities had issued an Amber alert for the boy earlier in the day. People came forward to say they had seen a boy matching Jared's description at nearby shopping plaza getting into a white van with a white male.

The man was described as having gray or dark hair, a goatee and wearing a long-sleeve flannel shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Greenacres is about 10 miles south of West Palm Beach, Florida.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann contributed to this report.

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