Fayette County


Tragic end to frantic search as missing boy with autism found dead in pool

Javontay Reed, a 13-year-old boy with autism, was found drowned in a pool Monday evening near his home after wandering off. Dozens of first responders and volunteers searched for Reed for hours before his body was found.

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.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.