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Four-year-old Jayden Morrison was reported missing Christmas Eve. (HORRY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT)

LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (PIX11) — A young boy with autism from New York who went missing while visiting family in South Carolina has been found dead, authorities say.

Coroner Robert Edge told local media outlets that the body of four-year-old Jayden Morrison was found in a pond in Little River on Friday morning.

“Rescue crews also in the process of lowering the water level in the ponds saw an object in the pond and it turned out to be missing Jayden,” said Lt. Raul Denis.

Police say it appears that Jayden drowned.

Jayden was last seen around 6 p.m., Wednesday wearing red footie pajamas at his grandmother's home in Little River.

Jayden and his family had been visiting from White Plains.

His mother was reportedly out buying Christmas gifts and left his grandmother in charge.

The grandmother said minutes later she noticed the front door open.

Hundreds of people joined police to search through Christmas Day for Jayden.

"I know the chief of police has been with the family and several of our command staff have met with them and they've been informed," said Denis.

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