A Brooklyn neighborhood is on edge after a 9‑year-old autistic boy went missing from an Ikea store under mysterious circumstances.
The boy, who is unable to speak, was last seen exiting the rear door of the popular furniture store, which leads directly to the perilous Red Hook Channel. A horrifying clue was found in the water — the boy’s orange Crocs, floating ominously in the murky current.
Police believe the boy may have wandered into the water, which is known for its strong tides and hidden dangers. A massive search and rescue operation was launched, with officers scouring the shore and pier, divers braving the dark waters, and a police boat shining its light on the black surface. K9 units were also deployed, but failed to find any sign of the boy’s scent ending at the water’s edge.
As darkness fell, the boy’s family watched in agony, hoping for a miracle. The community prayed that the beloved child had somehow escaped harm, despite the overwhelming odds. But with his special needs making him vulnerable, and time running out, this was a night of terror that would haunt many for a long time.