Authorities in Florida are searching ponds and other water bodies for a 2-year-old boy who is believed to have been kidnapped by a stranger, a day after they issued an Amber Alert.
“Unfortunately it’s Florida,” said Major Stephen Slaughter of the Largo Police Department. “We have a lot of ponds, we have a lot of streams, we have a lot of different areas of water and a small toddler can find his way in there pretty easily, so we want to make sure we look at those.”
The child, Jordan Belliveau, was walking with his mother on East Bay Drive in the Pinellas County city of Largo at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday when they were offered a lift by a man in a white Toyota Camry, according to police.
The mother said she had an altercation with the man in the car and was struck in the face, causing her to lose consciousness, police said. When she woke up early Sunday morning in a wooded area in Largo Central Park, she said she could not locate her son.
Slaughter said she had told police she did not know the man, but she entered his car because she felt her son was too heavy to carry all the way home. She is cooperating with authorities, who are asking the public for any information on the child.
“Anybody that may know the whereabouts of Jordan, we urge you to please just take him to a safe place like a local fire station or a library,” Slaughter said. “No questions asked — just drop Jordan off. We need Jordan back.”
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Largo Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have joined the search. Search dogs and dive teams have also been employed in the effort.
Jordan was last seen in the car with the unknown man, who the mother said identified himself as “Antwan.”
The boy was wearing a blue shirt with “72” on the front, blue gym shorts with a black-and-white stripe, black socks and black-and-white Nike sneakers, according to police.
He also has a partially healed cut on the underside of his chin and a birthmark on the right side of his stomach.
The man, who may go by the name “Antwan,” is described as a black male with dreadlocks and gold teeth and is approximately 25-years-old, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a white tank top and black basketball shorts with an “AND1” logo, according to the Largo Police Department.