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Community mourns the loss of a missing child, GoFundMe set up

Bruce Lemon-Curry (Source: APD) Bruce Lemon-Curry (Source: APD)
Bruce Lemon-Curry (Source: APD) Bruce Lemon-Curry (Source: APD)
The search started on West Gordon Avenue (Source: WALB) The search started on West Gordon Avenue (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The search for a missing Albany child with autism ended in tragedy Wednesday after nearly 24 hours of searching.

Bruce Lemon-Curry, 11, had autism and wandered away from his home at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Albany Police Department announced that his body had been recovered in a nearby pond at Mary Young-Cummings Moss Memorial Park, just after 7:00 a.m. 

The pond is off Jefferson and Monroe, just a half mile from the home. 

The assistant police chief said they checked the pond Tuesday for two hours and did not find him. They found his body when they went back to recheck this morning.

Dozens of volunteers showed up on West Gordon Avenue as the sun rose Tuesday after APD issued a request for help. They anticipated a full day of searching.

Some came as far as Adel in hopes of bringing the boy home safely.

They soon found out the heartbreaking news. Their help was no longer needed.

"It's devastating. You know, there's no words to explain the loss of a child," said Demetrius Young.

The news shocked volunteers who circled up to pray for the boy's family.

Officials asked that everybody keep the family in their prayers, and to respect their privacy.

If you have a child with autism there is a support service to help you find them if they wander off.

It's called Medic-Alert.

It's a free medical ID in the form of a bracelet, necklace or shoe tag and free 24-7 wandering support services.

According to the foundation, 50-percent of people with autism will wander.

Experts say when that happens they're often drawn to bodies of water or traffic situations ending in tragedy for nearly half of those situations.

You can read more about the service here.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family.

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