The community is reeling after the heartbreaking death of a boy with autism.
After a search involving dozens of personnel from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services, Fayette County Fire Recruit Class, Fayetteville Police Department, Clayton County Police Air Unit, and resident volunteers, Javontay Reed, just 13 years old, was found drowned Monday evening, a tragic end to a frantic search.
Reed had wandered away from his home on Merrydale Drive Monday afternoon clothed only in an adult diaper. Reed’s mother was at work, and was in the care of his two older brothers when he left the house, according to a Channel 2 report. He was found deceased in a nearby residential pool by a homeowner around 7:25 p.m.
Sheriff Barry Babb asked for prayers for the families, first responders, and volunteers, as well as expressed heartfelt gratitude for all that assisted in the search.