*Dang, this is a super sad, heartbreaking story that happened on Thanksgiving day. Marcus Camby, a former New York Knicks star player was celebrating the holiday when his 9-year-old autistic nephew, Marcus McGhee went missing.
The boy was attending a family gathering of about 20 people, including eight other children, at Camby’s home in the Houston, TX suburb of Pearland, according to Chron.com. Young Marcus had been playing with other kids, but no of the adults noticed he was missing until shortly after 4pm.
A security camera picked up the boy for a few seconds as he slipped out a side door, according Lt. Onesimo Lopez of the Pearland Police Department.
“They (the adults) began searching the house, which has “lots of rooms, lots of places where people can hide,” Lopez said. “Each room opens to a different room. It’s almost like a labyrinth.”
Unfortunately, the youngster’s body was found Saturday morning in an L-shaped lake on Camby’s Houston-area property. Lt Lopez commented that there appeared to be no signs of foul play.
The discovery of the boy’s body was announced by Pearland Police in a Facebook post early Saturday:
“Pearland Police Department regrets to inform the community that Marcus McGhee has been found. Today’s search will be called off. We thank all of you for your efforts” the department posted on its Facebook page Saturday morning. “The family is now in need of our prayers. Additional details will be released later.”
McGhee, who had autism and was nonverbal, had traveled to Texas from Connecticut for the holiday.
On Saturday evening, about 1,000 people gathered at a softball field in Pearland to mourn the death of Marcus McGhee. Police chaplains gave a 20 minute service and visitors held lit candles in the air.
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