Body of Florida toddler found in septic tank after vanishing from his backyard

A missing 1-year-old Florida boy was discovered dead in a septic tank on his family’s property in what’s believed to be a tragic accident, authorities said.

The body of Jose Lara, who was reported missing from his Crescent City home Sunday, was found submerged in a septic tank Monday about 105 feet from the residence, Putnam County Sheriff H.D. DeLoach told reporters.

“After he fell in, it appears as though there was I guess some spring in the board itself and it almost came back in the same position that it would have been originally,” the sheriff said.

The 22-month-old boy was last seen in his family’s backyard while playing with his sister. His mother took the girl into the home and returned to find Jose gone, DeLoach said.

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