LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say the body of an 8-year-old Louisville boy was found Saturday morning in a pond near Indianapolis.

Brownsburg Fire Territory Lt. Ryan Miller tells WDRB the boy was 8-year-old Shalom Lawson. The body was found in a nearby retention pond across from a family member's home Saturday just before 10:30 a.m. 

Officials say his family is from Louisville and they were visiting relatives in Brownsburg. The area is about 15 miles west of Indianapolis.

Authorities say Lawson ran out of a home and his family lost sight of him on Friday around 1 p.m. According to officials, Lawson was autistic.

Investigators say heavy rain affected the search for Lawson.

The Dept. of Natural Resources used a boat to help in the search, but were unable to locate Lawson's body. The body eventually surfaced in an area that rescuers had previously searched, according to Lt. Miller.

Lt. Miller says the cause of death was an apparent drowning, however the investigation continues.

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