Feb 062011

PHOENIX – Police say a young boy who went missing Saturday night at a Phoenix apartment complex was found after he had drowned in a swimming pool.

Five-year-old Gecari O’Dell Carroll was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos.

It all started when Gecari was reported missing near Interstate 17 and Bethany Home Road around 6:30 p.m., Martos said.

When police officers arrived at the apartment complex, Gecari’s mother said he had been missing for about 10 minutes and was last seen playing in the swimming pool at the complex.

Gecari was reportedly with three older siblings and other children from the apartment complex.

The victim’s mother told police she and the family searched the pool and surrounding area but couldn’t find Gecari, said Martos.

He said officers searched the cloudy swimming pool again, but couldn’t see anyone in the pool.

Officers then started a wider search of the area and went door to door at the complex and other surrounding complexes, including a search with the Phoenix Police air unit, Martos said.

The Phoenix Police Department’s Dive Team conducted a sweep of the swimming pool and found Gecari submerged at the bottom, Martos said.

Phoenix fire crews responded and took the child to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, he said.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and missing person’s detectives also helped in the case.

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