South Florida Amber Alert canceled, 9-year-old boy found deceased

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 23, 2020

A statewide Amber Alert was issued at 12 a.m. Friday calling for Alejandro's safe return. Miami-Dade police are on scene and will provide an update.

Patricia Ripley, 47, of West Kendall, was booked into the Miami-Dade County jail early Saturday following hours of questioning by police, the Miami Herald reported.

Authorities said the boy had autism and was non-verbal. She later told investigators that she pulled over to a lot near a Home Depot, where the driver of the aggressive auto pulled in front of her and blocked her vehicle.

According to the department's press release, after Ripley's auto veered onto the side street, near a Home Depot, the other vehicle blocked the mother and son in, and a male passenger ambushed the vehicle demanding drugs. She said the suspect snatched her son and her cellphone, according to police, then got back in the auto, which drove away.

Miami Beach police officers wear protective masks as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis along with other officials and politicians speak during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 08, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Investigators are warning the public not to approach the suspects if spotted - but instead to call law enforcement immediately.

But security footage from the Home Depot shows Ripley sitting alone in her auto for 20 minutes before calling police at 8:47 p.m. Thursday, a source told the Herald.

Ripley's body was found in the area of SW 62 Street and 138 Court in Miami. Police questioned employees at the Home Depot where Ripley was abducted, as well as the boy's family.

No information has been released on how the young boy died or where he was found at this time.

Police said the body of a child was pulled from a canal near the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club Friday morning, WPLG reports, about four miles from the alleged abduction.

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