Nine-year-old Alejandro Ripley ended up dead on Friday morning and his 47-year-old mother, Patricia Ripley, is a suspect, police said.

Alejandro was still wearing the Captain America T-shirt his mother told officers about Thursday night. His body turned up floating in a small lake at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in the quiet Kendale Lakes neighborhood, detectives said.

Miami-Dade Police Department detectives noted there was trauma to the head.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert on Thursday night. Detectives were suspicious when they saw surveillance video at Home Depot at 15750 SW 88 St. They learned she waited in her parked car before calling 911.

Alejandro was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and he was a non-verbal patient at My Kid Therapy Center in southwest Miami-Dade County. Maria Martinez and Antoinette Uribe, both employees of the center, remembered Alejandro as happy and sweet.

“All his family loved him,” Martinez said.

“He was the world to his parents,” Uribe said.

Patricia Ripley told detectives two men took her son at Southwest 158th Avenue and Southwest 88th Street in The Hammocks. Officers later learned her story didn’t add up.

“She noticed she was being followed by an unknown vehicle. The driver of the unknown vehicle attempted to side-swipe her vehicle, forcing her to veer onto SW 158 Avenue,” Detective Angel Rodriguez wrote. “The vehicle then blocked her.”

Rodriguez, a spokesman for the police department, said Alejandro’s mother also reported a male passenger had ambushed her and demanded drugs before taking Alejandro. His death remains under investigation.

The Florida Amber Alert for Alejandro Ripley has been cancelled. We are very sad to report that the child was found deceased.
If you would like further information, please call the Miami-Dade Police Department at 305-476-5423.

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— FDLE (@fdlepio) May 22, 2020

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A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley last seen in Miami. The child was abducted by two males. If located, DO NOT APPROACH. If you have any information please contact the Miami-Dade Police Department at 305-476-5423 or 911. pic.twitter.com/wclDe96qgz

— FDLE (@fdlepio) May 22, 2020

🚨 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

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