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Bodies found near Pasco home; search underway for missing child

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Authorities are canvassing Pasco County, searching for a 4-year-old boy who is missing after deputies made a grisly discovery Thursday.

The missing child is Ismael Tristan Santisteban, and investigators say he may be with 28-year-old Adam Matos.

The discovery of four bodies less than a mile from the child's home early Thursday afternoon ignited the search.

The home is at 7719 Hatteras Drive in Hudson. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said the bodies of two adult males and females were found piled on top of each other about three-quarters of a mile away.

Nocco did not identify the deceased, nor did he say if or how Matos or the child are related to them.

The sheriff's office initially said they believed Matos may have been driving a 1991 blue Ford F-150 pickup truck, tag number 244-JJN. But at a late evening media briefing, Nocco said deputies found the truck. He said they did not know what else Matos could be traveling in.

Nocco also said investigators did not know for sure whether Tristan, who is autistic, was with Matos. He said Matos could have dropped the child off with someone else, or left him alone somewhere.

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The sheriff's office said Tristan is about three-and-a-half feet tall with short brown hair.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies went to the home to do a welfare check Thursday. That's when they discovered the four bodies, and that the child was missing.

Matos is a person of interest in the deaths, Nocco said.

An Amber Alert for Tristan was issued late Thursday evening.

Anyone who may know where Matos and Tristan are should call 911.

Nocco said the residents of the home had recently moved to the area from Pennsylvania. He said there was a domestic incident reported at the home on August 28. He said the child's mother reported that Matos had held a knife to her throat. He said deputies searched the area for him, but never found him.

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