4-year old drowns in pond

An autistic child who was being cared for by foster parents in Jay went missing Oct. 16 and was later found in a pond about 150 yards from the home the victim of an apparent drowning.

According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office report, 4-year-old Jameson Ray Willis was taking a nap when foster parent William Cozart checked on him in his bedroom located at 4830 Cozart Lane. About 10 minutes later, when Cozart went to check on him again, the child was missing.

The report said the home's front door was locked and barricaded due to the child being autistic.

When Cozart discovered the chil...