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Preliminary autopsy results rule 4-year-old boy's death as drowning

Amir Fenner, 4, was last seen by his family at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Herrin Park. Amir Fenner, 4, was last seen by his family at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Herrin Park.
HERRIN, IL (KFVS) -

Officials have called off the search for a missing 4-year-old boy near a local park in Herrin, Ill.

According to Williamson County Coroner Michael "Junior" Burke, the autopsy was conducted on Monday, Aug. 17. He said the preliminary results are consistent with drowning. No foul play is suspected.

Herrin police say a body was in a pond at Herrin City park that matched the description of the missing boy.

Amir Fenner, 4, was last seen by his family at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Herrin Park.

Officers were initially told by a family member that a van had been seen leaving the park at about the same time Fenner was discovered missing.

After getting a description, the information was broadcast to all units, and the Illinois State Police AMBER Alert Section was called to request an AMBER Alert be issued.

After the alert was issued, police say they quickly found the van and driver, which ultimately were found to have nothing to do with the disappearance of the child.

Several departments participated in the search, including fire departments and volunteers, and members of the Carterville Fire Department Dive Team were on scene searching a pond near the area the child was last seen in.

According to police, at 5:30 p.m., a diver found the child in the pond. The Williamson County Coroner's Office responded an at about 6 p.m., pronounced him dead. The child was positively identified at the scene as 4-year-old Amir Fenner.

An autopsy was scheduled and the investigation was turned over to the Williamson County Coroner's Office.

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