4-year-old found dead in a car moments after he was reported missing, Mobile police say (updated)

By Theresa Seiger | tseiger@al.com
on July 09, 2013 at 4:15 PM, updated July 09, 2013 at 7:06 PM

MOBILE, Alabama -- Just minutes after he was reported missing, a 4-year-old boy was found dead in a car parked in a mobile home park this afternoon, according to the Mobile Police Department.

"It's early but at least for now it appears to be a heat-related type death," MPD spokesman Cpl. Christopher Levy said, adding that it's too early to tell whether any charges will be filed in the death.

Nevertheless, the department's homicide unit responded to the scene, according to Levy.

Around 2:15 p.m., officers were called to 7915 Howells Ferry Road after a family reported a 4-year-old boy had gone missing.

"We hadn't even arrived yet and we got an update while we were on route," Levy said. ""The parents just lost the child for -- it's really unknown how long of a period of time... Medical responded but nothing could be done."

The boy was pronounced dead on the scene after he was found in a closed car parked in the mobile home park, police said.

His body will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy to determine his exact cause of death.

"They will do an autopsy and continue the investigation," Levy said.

Police could not say whether the boy was found in a vehicle owned by the people who reported him missing, although they did confirm the child lived in the mobile home park.

His name has not been released.