Updated: Body Of Missing, Endangered 4-Year-Old Found In Molino

July 9, 2024

The body the missing 4-year-old was located in a pond shortly just before 1:00 Tuesday afternoon.

The non-verbal child was reported missing shortly after 9 a.m. at a home in the 5000 block of Barrineau Park School Road.

Following the search involving over 100 first responders, the body of Darrel Beck was located by a dive team in one of the large ponds on the large, gated property. He had last been seen in a diaper and a Batman shirt.

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“After an exhaustive search, with multiple agencies, many first responders, I regret to inform you that we did find the body. The body was located in one of the ponds,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told NorthEscambia.com. “The family is obviously devastated, and we just ask that you keep that family in your thoughts and prayers.”

The search response involved K-9 teams and drones, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Escambia Search and Rescue, Escambia County EMS, Call to Rescue, Legacy K-9s, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and other search and rescue groups. Dozens of area residents rove the roads surrounding the perimeter of the search area throughout the morning, and many searched their own adjacent properties.

Additional details have not been released.

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32 Responses to “Updated: Body Of Missing, Endangered 4-Year-Old Found In Molino”

  1. Bubba on July 11th, 2024 1:15 pm

    Prayers for family and first responders.

  2. EMD on July 11th, 2024 11:25 am

    I do not know these people, but this broke my heart. It made me cry. I know he was a small boy. Still maybe Is.57:1 will comfort them somewhat. It always helps me……especially the way it is worded in the KJV. My condolences to this family and prayers for them to feel God’s comfort.

  3. Cathy Brck on July 10th, 2024 6:28 pm

    I want to thank all the people who went looking for my great nephew Darrel Jax Beck. I was never able to meet him but my heart still breaks for him. I’m sending prayers to the entire family. Yes my great nephew is with my oldest son Billy Glynn Beck III, and my husband Billy Beck Jr. It’s such a tragedy that a parent has to face I’m losing a child. Chris and Lindsey I love you both. I’m so sorry for your loss. Call me when you can you have my number. No matter what time of the day or night it is please call me I’ll wake up to answer your phone call.

  4. Tina K on July 10th, 2024 10:39 am

    Praying for the Family of this Precious child! Heartbreaking!

  5. Don Dixon Jr on July 10th, 2024 9:40 am

    Sad day in Barrineau Park and many prayers for this family. Once again our local community and county came together for this tragic loss.

  6. Rena on July 10th, 2024 6:35 am

    So God just needed his little angel to come home. Maybe the family can have comfort in knowing he is living a wonderful life with Jesus now. He is so happy though you miss him horribly he has everything now that this life had taken away from him.

  7. Bonnie Exner on July 10th, 2024 4:41 am

    Prayers go out to the Beck family..such a tragic loss..A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and organizations that searched for this little boy…We live in a wonderful community that looks out for their neighbors…Craig and Bonnie Exner

  8. Nichole Miller on July 10th, 2024 1:11 am

    I am so deeply saddened to hear this news! I am a parent of a special needs child (down syndrome) and I know all too well how quickly they can wonder off, disappearing fast from safety. I hope and pray that there’s privacy and empathy for his family during this time. Also, from our community as a whole! I, personally cannot imagine what they are facing right now. Along with the guilt I’m sure they feel as well. Prayer is the answer right now and learning from this tragic mishap in case we failed this poor child with regaurds to keeping that baby safe and any others to follow. Big hugs!!! ¡

  9. KathyR on July 10th, 2024 12:54 am

    My heart just goes out to the family. I’m so very very sorry for your loss.

  10. Lou on July 9th, 2024 11:44 pm

    God bless and help this family…so tragic.

  11. Molino resident on July 9th, 2024 11:43 pm

    Will be praying for your family. So so sorry.

  12. Sheryl Franks on July 9th, 2024 10:56 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! Praying for your family, and loved ones!

  13. Well on July 9th, 2024 9:57 pm

    Very sad…….

  14. David Huie Green on July 9th, 2024 9:39 pm

    Very sad.

  15. Barb on July 9th, 2024 9:25 pm

    Oh no so very tragic poor poor baby, my heart goes out to his family

  16. Angle on July 9th, 2024 8:57 pm

    Prayers for this family GOD bless yall as a mother that has lost a child I don’t wish this nightmare on no parent it never gets easy

  17. Me on July 9th, 2024 8:53 pm

    So sad!

  18. Beulah Boy on July 9th, 2024 8:02 pm

    Prayers to his family,relatives and friends. So sad and tragic

  19. Hazel Wilson on July 9th, 2024 6:15 pm

    My prayers go out to this family. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Blessings and thanks to all of the search and rescue teams as well.

  20. Finn on July 9th, 2024 6:08 pm

    Poor baby. Hurts my heart.

  21. Bigblock345 on July 9th, 2024 5:45 pm

    Damn that sucks. Rest in peace young man. Lord help this family through these trying times.

  22. Sherry Taylor on July 9th, 2024 5:15 pm

    Poor little guy. Keeping the family in our prayers.

  23. Billie on July 9th, 2024 4:52 pm

    So sad! Prayers for the family

  24. Walters Rebecca on July 9th, 2024 4:47 pm

    My heart goes out to this family. I have a child with autism and nonverbal it hits home. I am praying for them.

  25. Concerned on July 9th, 2024 4:34 pm

    As someone from on scene I just want to acknowledge the family and let them know I’m sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers going out for all of your family.

  26. J.s on July 9th, 2024 4:26 pm

    Omg this is so bad im so sorry for the family prays going up for all

  27. TJ on July 9th, 2024 3:31 pm

    I was one of probably 100s of neighbors searching today for Darrel after the cell phone alert. Broken hearted with this outcome. Praying for the Beck family.

  28. memyself&i on July 9th, 2024 3:21 pm

    Precious little boy.

    Just terrible.

  29. Tommy on July 9th, 2024 3:16 pm

    That hurts. Was hoping for a positive outcome.

  30. Josh on July 9th, 2024 2:32 pm

    I went down to the property to ask if there was anything I could do to help. I was told to stay out of the woods and the police have it under control. I cannot sit by idle while there is a missing child in my area. Does anyone know if they will have a command post setup and allow volunteers to assist?

  31. Michelle Johnston on July 9th, 2024 1:52 pm

    Praying for this sweet boy’s safe, quick return to his family.

  32. Byrneville on July 9th, 2024 1:47 pm

    Praying for God to keep him safe, not overheated, and found very soon!

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