UPDATE: Alejandro Ripley snatched from mother’s care by man demanding drugs found dead
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — A 9-year-old boy who was abducted in Miami-Dade County has been found dead, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
An Amber Alert had been issued Thursday night for Alejandro Ripley, who is autistic and non-verbal.
Miami-Dade police Detective Angel Rodriguez said the boy’s mother, Patricia Ripley, 47, was driving west on Southwest 88th Street near Southwest 157th Avenue when she noticed she was being followed by a light blue, four-door sedan.
Rodriguez said the driver tried to side-swipe Ripley’s car, forcing her to veer onto Southwest 158th Avenue.
The car then blocked her as a passenger got out of the car, ambushing Ripley and demanding drugs from her, Rodriguez said.
Ripley told the man she didn’t have any drugs, at which time he snatched her son and cellphone, Rodriguez said. He then got back in the car, which sped away.
The FDLE didn’t say how the boy died or where he was found. Miami-Dade police have not immediately commented.
Original story: (Miami, FL) — An Amber Alert is out for an endangered autistic Miami-Dade County boy.
The FDLE says two black men in a light blue four-door car abducted nine-year-old Alejandro Ripley last night at a Home Depot in Miami, and officers believe the boy is endangered.
🚨 We need your help in locating Alejandro Ripley, a 9-year-old autistic/non-verbal boy that was abducted near the area of SW 158 Avenue and 88 Street. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is requested to IMMEDIATELY call 9-1-1 or @CrimeStopper305 at (305) 471-8477. pic.twitter.com/8wFCBL5AcG
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) May 22, 2020
Alejandro is described as white Hispanic, non-verbal, four-foot-eleven, 120 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on his left leg.