A Smith County toddler who went missing Tuesday afternoon while playing a game of hide and seek was found dead early Wednesday in a wooded area near Winona.

Smith County Sheriff deputies are not releasing many details surrounding the death of 2-year-old Jake Kimbley but did say an autopsy has been ordered and the case is under investigation.

According to KLTV, Kimbley’s body was found in a septic tank near his home, and a person was seen handcuffed taken from the location.

Smith County deputies aided by DPS and other law enforcement agencies began an extensive search Tuesday afternoon after the child was reported missing from his home shortly after 2 p.m.

The search continued through the night and the boy was found dead shortly after 1.a.m. Wednesday.

More details are to be released later today.


map of lane closures

Smith Co Jail Expansion Begins

Construction begins Wednesday on the Downtown portion of the Smith County Jail Expansion. As a result several streets will be narrowed to one lane of traffic.

The city of Tyler will barricade one lane of Spring Avenue from Elm Street to Erwin Street and traffic will flow north only. One lane on Erwin will be blocked from Spring to Fannin and traffic will flow eastbound only. One lane of Fannin Ave.  will be closed from Erwin to Elm and traffic will flow southbound only.

These lane closures will only affect a one block radius around the construction site.

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