Officials confirmed Friday morning that the Amber Alert for missing 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley, who was last seen in The Hammocks, Miami, has been canceled. Miami-Dade police are on scene and will provide an update.
Miami-Dade police said the child's mother, Patricia Ripley, 47, told investigators she driving around 9 p.m. Thursday when she noticed she was being followed by a vehicle.
"The driver of the unknown vehicle attempted to side-swipe her vehicle", a police statement said. "The mother is insisting that she does not have any drugs".More news: Twitter has Fix for Unwanted Tweet Replies
According to the department's press release, after Ripley's auto veered onto the side street, near a Home Depot, the other vehicle blocked the mother and son in, and a male passenger ambushed the vehicle demanding drugs. No additional information regarding the circumstances behind Ripley's death has been released by local authorities.
The two kidnappers are believed to have been driving a blue four-door sedan.
Ripley described the two men as black males, one of whom was allegedly wearing all black clothing, had his hair in cornrows, and wore a bandana "as a face mask".More news: Hertz Files for Bankruptcy Protection as Car Rentals Evaporate in Pandemic
Authorities said residents should not approach the subjects but instead contact law enforcement immediately.
Ripley's body was found floating in a lake at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in the southwest area of Miami-Dade near to where the boy was taken Thursday, according to Local10.
The boy's family, as well as Home Depot employees, have been questioned as part of the investigation. However, police have not said if the body found in the lake is Alejandro's body.More news: Updated Information Regarding First COVID-19 Death in Wood County