Search suspended for missing toddler in Iron County

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IRON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A toddler was reported missing Wednesday morning in Iron County.  Police were searching for the 3-year-old Titus Tackett in the bitter cold.  His body was found in a van about a mile away from his grandfather’s home.

The Missouri Highway Patrol held a press conference to update the public about the search you can watch it here.  An autopsy will be conducted to determine if there was any foul play.  It is unclear how the boy got into the vehicle.

Tackett, reportedly wandered from the Lake Killarney area in the Arcadia Township. Titus was last seen wearing green underpants or diaper.  Temperatures in the area have been below freezing.

Titus lives in Potosi with his mother and grandmother. He was visiting the area when his parents left him at home with his grandfather.

Family friend Tiffany Thomlinson said the Titus’ family realized he was missing around 1 a.m. and found the front door had been opened.

Authorities say the “shy, smart, adventurous” toddler has been caught before trying to escape.

Ironton is located about 80 miles south southwest of St. Louis.





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