Hollywood police have called off the search for a 3-year-old boy who was last seen at his father’s Hollywood home at about 10 a.m. Thursday.
As of 5:40 a.m. Friday, the police department announced in a press release that they were no longer seeking public assistance and would be releasing more details Friday morning.
Ahizya Osceola was asleep when his father left his home, in the 5400 block of Johnson Street, at about 8 a.m., Hollywood police chief Frank Fernandez said. His stepmother, whom police did not identify, was the last person to see him, Fernandez said.
The boy’s mother, Karen Cypress, said Ahizya lives with his father. She said she last saw him in December. She clutched a photo of Ahizya, describing her son as friendly and outgoing, and pleaded for the public’s help in finding her son.
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“He's my life,” she said. “I don't know what I'd do. I just want him home.”
Hollywood police, along with Seminole police, Davie police, the Broward Sheriff's Office, Hollywood Fire and other city departments, combed a nearly four-square-mile area using a helicopter, dogs and people going door to door, with no luck. Hollywood police had received a call from the Seminole Police at around 11:45 a.m. about the missing child.
“Whenever a child goes missing in Broward County, we all come together to make sure we bring that child back home safely as quick as possible,” Fernandez said.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that the child’s father, Nelson Osceola, said he last saw his son at 4 a.m. after checking on Ahizya’s 8-month-old sister. He told the Sun-Sentinel that when he left for work around 7:30 a.m, his son was sleeping and his wife was awake. His wife, he told the Sentinel, fell asleep with the baby and when she woke up, he was gone.
Ahizya's grandfather, Kenneth Tommie, said he “leaving it in God's hands. All we can do now is pray."
Tommie said the relationship between his daughter and Ahizya's father Nelson has been strained and that getting custody of Ahizya has been a “battle.’’ He said the Department of Children and Families was involved with the family.
"To me something doesn't look right," he said.
He described the boy as playful, happy and outgoing.
"He's just a fun kid," he said.
Police are talking to the relatives.
“All immediate family members are cooperating with authorities,’’ said Raelin Storey, a city of Hollywood spokeswoman.
Ahizya is 3 1/2 feet tall, weighs 40 to 45 pounds and was wearing a Florida State University sweatshirt.
Cypress said she is still holding out hope that her son will be found.
“He's very adventurous. So I'm just hoping he's going to just magically appear somewhere.”