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Body of East Grand Forks boy found; autopsy points to accidental drowning

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The body of a missing 11-year-old autistic boy from East Grand Forks, Minn., has been found in the Red River, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

The shoes of Anthony Kuznia were found on the banks of the river on Thursday afternoon, a day after he went missing, the newspaper reported. His body was recovered after 4 p.m., at the bottom of the river where the water is about 15 feet deep, WDAZ reported.

Polk County authorities say the results of a preliminary autopsy show the boy died from accidental drowning, the Pioneer Press reported.

The boy went outside to play and then went missing from his home about a half-mile away at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Herald reported. The disappearance prompted a huge search – more than 400 volunteers had signed up to look for the boy, WDAY reported.

Foul play was not suspected and there was no obvious trauma on the body, the Herald reported.

Anthony was attracted to water and "cave-like" spaces like basements, RVs and tents, his family had said, the newspaper reported.

Mourners gathered to pray for the family at a Grand Forks church Thursday night, Valley News Live reported.

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