HENRY COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) - A missing 8-year-old boy who was found early Saturday morning in a pond near his home has been identified.
According to KSP, on Friday at 9:51 p.m., officers received a call about walker Henry Weeks who had gone missing from his home in Eminence, Ky.
The search for Walker lasted roughly five hours, before he was found in a pond near his home around 3:39 a.m.. Officials said he was located by the Louisville Metro Dive Team.
“It is a sad and terrible outcome to lose this young man,” KSP Post 5 spokesman Trooper Steven Dykes said. "We are truly thankful and appreciative to all of the different agencies that assisted the Kentucky State Police in searching for him. It is certainly not the outcome we ever hope to have, but we can be certain that by joined efforts, every effort was made to find him when every moment counts. Please keep this young man, his family and all those that assisted in the search for him in your thoughts and prayers.”
Walker was pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m.
An autopsy was conducted Saturday in Jefferson County.
Visitation and funeral services for Walker are being handled by Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton.
Walker had autism was those who attend his services are encouraged to wear autism awareness colors.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Walker’s headstone. For more information, click here.
Police originally stated Walker was 7 years old.