4-Year-Old Found Dead in Apparent Drowning in San Diego; Amber Alert Issued After ‘Bad Lead’

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Hours after an Amber Alert was issued for a 4-year-old boy who was thought to have been abducted, his body was found Sunday after apparently drowning in San Diego's Mission Bay, according to police.

An Amber Alert was issued for 4-year-old Wesley Hilaire, pictured, on Sept. 12, 2015. (Credit: San Diego Police Department)

An Amber Alert was issued for 4-year-old Wesley Hilaire, pictured, on Sept. 12, 2015. (Credit: San Diego Police Department)

Wesley Hilaire was last seen walking near the water in the 2800 block of East Mission Bay Drive around 7:44 p.m. Saturday, the San Diego Police Department told KTLA sister station KSWB. Officials have spelled the boy's first name as both Wesley and Wesle.

A "bad lead" led police to think the boy had been abducted by a stranger during a family gathering, KSWB reported.

The Amber Alert offered a description of the man who witnesses claimed to see with the boy, and included a search as far north as Riverside and Orange counties.

The boy's body was found in Mission Bay, police confirmed around noon Sunday.

The boy's body was found 100 yards offshore by rescue personnel using sonar, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"All of us at the San Diego Police Department wanted to find Wesley safe," police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said in a tweet. "Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family. Thank you to everyone who helped search."

The boy's father was a Navy sailor who had deployed last week, the newspaper also reported.

During the search for the missing boy, investigators also found the body of a 21-year-old woman in the kelp beds off Point Loma, according to KSWB.