FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Fort Worth community is mourning the death of a child who disappeared on Tuesday night.
Fort Worth police said a child's body was found two blocks blocks away from where they had been searching for the missing five-year-old boy.
Carl Williams found the child. "It was sad," he said. "A little five-year-old, just laying there with his fists balled up like he had been fighting real hard... blood on his face, ears and mouth."
Police wouldn't confirm the body was the missing boy on Wednesday afternoon, and said investigators are working with Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office for a positive ID.
Sida Osman disappeared from his residence at the Weber Garden Apartments on the city's east side around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. His mother, Dahabo Abdi, said he had been playing in the complex in the 4800 block of Virgil Street, and ran away after being called to come home Tuesday afternoon.
Sida's father, Farah Osman, said he hadn't slept since his son went missing.
"I want him to come home," he said.
Police, along with volunteers, searched the area with dogs, horses, and helicopters Wednesday morning. Fort Worth police investigators took pictures inside a van near the Osman's home Wednesday morning. It is unclear what they were focusing on.
A child's body was found in the backyard of a house that had been vacant for six months. Police were canvassing the neighborhood looking for clues.
It was an emotional scene as the missing boy's family learned from others a body had been found. The community of mostly Somali immigrants started mourning at the terrible news.
"I just feel like now my kids aren't coming outside no more," said Lakesha Harris, a neighbor.
Just hours after the body was found, a coalition of friends and family members waved American flags and held up signs asking for justice and peace. Several Somalis who moved here from their war-torn country told News 8 they never thought something so horrible could happen to them here.
A pastor who works with the Somali community is upset Fort Worth police didn't issue an Amber Alert.
"This boy had been missing 13 hours, and no Amber Alert," pastor Johnny Muhammad said. "Well everybody now has cell phones, things on highways that you can put out an Amber Alert. I'm pretty sure somebody could have found something or seen something in that amount of time."
Police said the case didn't meet the criteria of an Amber Alert, and there was no evidence of foul play on Tuesday night.
Just hours after the body was found, a coalition of friends and family members marched through the streets waving American flags and holding up signs asking for justice and peace.
Several Somalis who moved to Tarrant County from their war-torn country told News 8 they never thought something so horrible could happen to them here.