LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - The body of missing 4-year-old Jayden Morrison was found in a pond Friday, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirmed. His body was found three days after rescue crews began the search.
An autopsy performed Friday, confirmed the child drowned, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said. Edge said Jayden died shortly after he was reported missing.
The pond where police found the body is located behind a home off Vermillion Drive. Jayden's family is at a home off Sultana Drive, the pond sits in between the houses. The pond is located 10 homes down from where he was staying, police say the 4-year-old was wearing the pajamas he went missing in.
During a news conference Friday, Horry County Lieutenant Raul Denis said it appeared Jayden died due to drowning.
Investigators said Jayden's body was found while the water levels in the pond were lowered. A medic volunteer found the child's body.
The 4-year-old boy was reported missing at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 24.
Horry County Fire and Rescue, Horry County Police Department, North Myrtle Beach Fire and Police, the American Red Cross, CUE Center for Missing Persons, and nearly 100 volunteers aided in the search.
Officials urged people to come to the search dressed appropriately for the weather. The search included wet, wooded areas.
SCDOT officials brought in lights; children's music filled the streets and areas of the search. Brunswick County officials brought in a helicopter and SLED divers scoured bodies of water close by for Jayden.
The focus of the search remained within a five- to 10-mile radius of Jayden's last known whereabouts.
Jayden was under the watch of his grandmother, Wednesday night, when she said she believes he walked out of the front door.