CLEVELAND, Texas — Authorities in Liberty County have located the body of Devon Davis, the two-year-old boy who went missing earlier this week. The toddler was found dead in a body of water Saturday afternoon just one hour after Liberty County officials announced their decision to suspend the search.
Authorities frantically searched for the child after he disappeared Tuesday from the family’s home in the Sam Houston Lakes Estate subdivision. The toddler was last seen when his mother put him down for a nap.
Devon’s mother told investigators that she put the toddler and his sister down, locked the front door and went to sleep herself. When she woke up, the boy was gone.
Devon and his family had only been living at the home in Liberty County less than a week. They recently moved from Virginia, and were staying with a friend of the family.
Investigators said after she realized the boy was gone, the mother called 911. An Amber Alert was issued for the child late Tuesday evening, and crews aided by helicopters immediately launched an extensive search. Search dogs and sonar equipment, volunteers and authorities combed through the rough, wooded terrain, but found no sign of the child.
Concerned neighbors said the area was full of wild animals and water.
“It’s a mean river. She’ll take a life in a heartbeat, she’s taken a lot of them,” neighbor Deborah Scott said. “What I’m worried about is the gators. There’s gators everywhere, and they’re crawling real bad, and we’ve got snakes out here too. I can’t believe this baby is missing.”