A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy who was reported missing has died after being found in a garden pond.
Police said the toddler was reported missing at Froncysyllte, near Llangollen, just before midday yesterday.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said officers went to the address and the child was discovered a short time later in a nearby pond.
The boy was taken to the Accident and Emergency department of Wrexham Maelor Hospital but “despite the efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away”, the police spokesman said.
A police helicopter was sent to the area after the alert was raised but it is understood the boy had already been found by the time it arrived and he was on his way to hospital in an ambulance.
A police family liaison officer is said to be comforting the family.
North East Wales coroner John Gittins has been provided with details of the death.
He is expected to open an inquest which will hear the findings of a post-mortem examination.
Wrexham councillor for Llangollen Rural, Pat Jeffares, who lives in neighbouring village of Trevor, returned home from a group meeting at the Guildhall in Wrexham last night to be made aware of the death.
He said: “It's such a tragedy – so sad.”
Llangollen Rural community councillor Mark Valentine said his thoughts were with the family at what was a terrible time.
“I know all the people of Llangollen Rural and beyond wish the family all our deepest sympathies.”