• Body found in Pine Hills pond identified as missing autistic 18-year-old

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    PINE HILLS, Fla. - A body recovered from a retention pond is that of an autistic man who had been reported missing, according to Orange County authorities.

    Kency Synsmir, 18, disappeared over the weekend from his Pine Hills home.

    Deputies looked for him for most of the day Saturday before calling off the search on Sunday night.

    Synsmir's father said Kency's body was found in the pond behind his home.

    "This is not the outcome we were looking for, but we will continue to work with the family as they get through this," Lt. Don Galiano of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

    Synsmir's mother, Jeanceline Synsmir, told Channel 9 that he was autistic and mute.

    The missing person fliers posted around the area said he liked the TV show "Blue's Clues," Haitian church songs, pizza and stuffed animals.

    Jeanceline Synsmir said she looked away for a few minutes and Synsmir was gone.

    "I’m a mom, I'm feeling pain," she said. "Just five minutes, and my son disappeared."

    People in the community said they knew Kency and would often see him walking with his family.

    “It’s very sad,” said resident Dora Ackbersingh. “"I usually see him walking the street once in a while, that's about it. I was shocked this morning when my husband told me they found him just behind the house.”

    The Medical Examiner’s Office will make the final determination on Kency’s death, but the sheriff’s office believes that it was an accidental drowning.

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