Twin brothers from rural Knox County drown 7 months apart
This older photo shows twin brothers Christian (left) and Jason Baucom together. Christian's body was found in a pond Wednesday after last being seen Tuesday. Jason drowned in a different pond on Aug. 25, 2011.
COLONY, Mo. (WGEM) -- The Knox County community of Colony is in mourning after the body of missing 6-year-old Christian Baucom was found dead in a pond Wednesday afternoon.
Baucom's body was found in a pond 200 yards from where he was last seen and just 7 months after his twin brother also drowned in a different pond.
Christian and his twin brother, Jason, were both foster children taken care of by a Mennonite family near Colony, Missouri. He was described by one of his caregivers as a playful child who had autism.
More than 100 volunteers joined with Missouri State Highway Troopers and Knox County Sheriff's deputies to search for the boy. Teams of people searched the woods, while a plane circled above, hoping to find him.
At around Noon Wednesday, investigators focused their search on a pond within a hog enclosure about 200 yards from the home where Christian was last seen.
"Some of the family members had mentioned before that the kid always had a fascination with the hogs, that he would go down there," Lt. Nelson Elfrink, with Missouri State Highway Patrol, said. "So that's one of the reasons we focused on that as well."
After breaking a levy to partially drain the pond, divers found Christian.
"Of course all of us are assuming it's drowning, but we don't know at this point," Elfrink said.
Now Christian's caregivers are mourning the loss of two boys; Christian and his twin brother Jason, both found dead in ponds within 7 months.
"They were obviously distraught when they found out we did locate him deceased," Elfrink said.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Investigative Division of the Highway Patrol are conducting a joint investigation into the death.
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