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UPDATE: Body of 2-year-old Armani Pierce found in Hillsborough River

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Armani Pierce went missing near the Temple Crest playground on 37th Street North Tuesday, August 13, 2013. His body was found in the Hillsborough River the next day.

 

UPDATE: 2-year-old's body found in Hillsborough River

Tampa, FL - Tampa Police divers have recovered the body of Armani Pierce in the Hillsborough River.

The 2-year-old had been missing since about 8:30 Tuesday night.

Police say it all started when the boy ran off as his family was heading to their car after watching football and cheerleading practice at Temple Crest Park. The park is on 37th Street North, just south of Busch Gardens.

The Hillsborough River is right next to the park where Armani vanished.

Andrea Davis with the Tampa Police Department said just about every

available officer took part in the search for the 2-year-old late

Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning. 

"For anyone that's a parent, this is your absolute worst nightmare," Police Chief Jane Castor said in a press conference.  "We did everything we could to ensure there was a positive outcome to this, and unfortunately that's not the way it ended."

Castor described the case a "tragic accident" and not one of child neglect.

Earlier Report:

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa police are searching for 2-year-old Armani Pierce after he disappeared Tuesday night around 8:30.

The Tampa Police Department says his family was heading to their car after watching football and cheerleading practice at Temple Crest Park when the boy ran off.

The park is on 37th Street North, just south of Busch Gardens.

The toddler was reportedly wearing a grey t-shirt, dark blue basketball shorts, and white Nike shoes. He also has a scar on the top of his left ear. 

Andrea Davis with the Tampa Police Department said just about every available officer was taking part in the search for the 2-year-old late Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning. 

A police bloodhound was used to track Armani's scent, and officers, helicopters, TPD marine patrol, FWC and Tampa Fire boats were also searching air, land, and water.

Officers also went door-to-door and checked on sexual predators in the area. They began their second sweep around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.  

Officials ask anyone with information to call 911.

10 News will have more on this developing story.

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