An 18-month-old boy was reported missing from a Weston home Sunday, setting off a search by air, land and water, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
On Sunday night, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said that the area being surrounded by bodies of water was a concern and that deputies would “dive all night if we have to.”
“We won’t stop until we hopefully locate this young boy,” he said.
By 9:45 p.m., deputies had switched their attention from the canal to going door-to-door asking neighbors for permission to search each unit.
BSO received a call at about 4 p.m. that the boy — identified as Vihaan Pullamsetti — had gone missing from a relative’s apartment at the Racquet Club Apartments, 417 Lakeview Dr.
Earlier in the evening, BSO deputies were searching with the aid of bloodhounds and the department’s marine patrol unit and helicopters. Deputies could be heard shouting the toddler’s name as they combed the streets in patrol cars.
Neighbors were using flashlights to search through bushes and the streets to help deputies search for Vihaan.
Meanwhile, the city of Weston asked people via Twitter to keep an eye out for a little boy who is alone.
Israel said the boy’s parents — Kamala Gavara and Ravi Pullamsetti, who are from Tampa and were visiting for Halloween — told detectives that he often napped in the late afternoon. The family searched for about 20 minutes before calling BSO.
“Like any family, they began frantically looking for their young son,” he said.