Miss­ing kid­napped boy found dead in car

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS ✦ WEATHER -

Hours of fran­tic search­ing for a six-year-old boy who went miss­ing Thurs­day af­ter thieves stole his mother’s car ended in tragedy when author­i­ties found him shot dead in­side the ve­hi­cle.

Author­i­ties found Kingston Fra­zier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother’s stolen Toy­ota Camry, aban­doned in a muddy ditch, said Jack­son Po­lice Com­man­der Tyree Jones.

Po­lice have taken an 18-year-old man into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing, and author­i­ties were still search­ing for a sec­ond “per­son of in­ter­est,” said Hinds County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Ma­jor Pete Luke.

Fra­zier had gone miss­ing af­ter 1 a.m. Thurs­day when a man took the car from the park­ing lot of a Kroger su­per­mar­ket in Jack­son. About nine hours later, fol­low­ing a child-ab­duc­tion alert and wide­spread pub­lic­ity, a man re­ported the Camry was on the side of a dead-end road in the sub­urb of Gluckstadt.

Of­fi­cials pub­licly an­nounced the boy’s death while sur­rounded by griev­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

“A six-year-old is gone,” said Kingston’s cousin, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That’s her baby.”

The mother, Ebony Archie, left the boy in the car and left the car run­ning while she went in­side the store, Hinds County sher­iff’s deputies said. The store’s park­ing lot is pa­trolled by sher­iff’s deputies, in­clud­ing one in a golf cart.

Se­cu­rity video shows that af­ter Archie left, a sil­ver Honda Civic drove up, a man got out, and drove away in the Camry.

A child-ab­duc­tion alert was played re­peat­edly on lo­cal news­casts and po­lice and fam­ily mem­bers is­sued pub­lic ap­peals for help. The car was even­tu­ally found 14 miles (20 kilo­me­tres) to the north, just off In­ter­state 55, which also runs in front of the su­per­mar­ket.

“We’ve been look­ing for him for nine hours in ev­ery neigh­bour­hood in Jack­son,” said Deanna Moore, the boy’s aunt. Ad­dress­ing the peo­ple who stole the car, she added, “You could have just dropped him off. You could have left him at Kroger.”

Fra­zier’s body was taken for an au­topsy at the state crime lab and the car was towed away by a High­way Pa­trol wrecker.

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