May 22 (UPI) -- An autistic 9-year-old Florida boy who police say was "ambushed" by two men and taken from his mother's car has turned up dead, authorities said Friday.
Investigators said Alejandro Ripley was driving with his mother in an area west of Miami called The Hammocks on Thursday when their car was sideswiped by another vehicle. When the mother pulled over, police said the two men in the other car blocked her escape and demanded drugs.
The Hammocks is about 15 miles southwest of downtown Miami.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday Alejandro, a non-verbal autistic boy, was found dead in a lake in southwest Miami-Dade County less than five miles from where he was reported kidnapped.
"We are very sad to report that the child was found deceased," the department said in a tweet.
According to detectives investigating the abduction, the mother said she didn't recognize the kidnappers, who are still at large.