PORT HURON, MI – An Amber Alert had been issued for Derrick Holmon who was last seen around 8:30 a.m. July 11th, 2014 near the area of 26th and the 2500 block of Manuel Street on the south side of Port Huron. He was reported missing around 11 a.m. The young boy was found dead in a hot car three houses down from his own home.
Investigators believe the death to be a horrible accident. The child was found face down in the back on the floor of a neighbors car. Unless someone looked directly in the vehicle, it was difficult to see the little boy. Law enforcement from multiple agencies from across the region assisted in the search for Derrick Holmon, known to his family as Little D.
The young boy had Down Syndrome and has been diagnosed with a heart condition. He also suffered from Asthma.
Officers had been going door to door in the surrounding neighborhoods looking for the young boy. Police also used a helicopter to assist in the search. Neighbors, friends and family members all were involved in the search. It all came to a very sad end around 6p.m. when he was located unresponsive. Authorities believe that he had been in the car for some 8 hours.
“I want to thank everybody for looking for my baby; he’s in a better place,” Jennifer Miller, Derrick’s mother, told people at the scene.
The St. Clair County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.