PEARLAND, Texas - Pearland Police have called off the search for 9-year-old Marcus McGhee who was found dead early Saturday morning.

Lt. Oneismo Lopez said he was found in a body of water near the family's property just before 7 a.m.

In a Facebook post, the department wrote:

"The Pearland Police Department regrets to inform the community that Marcus McGhee has been found. Today's search will be called off. We thank all of you for your efforts. The family is now in need of our prayers. Additional details will be released later."

Mcghee went missing Thursday afternoon. He was last seen at a home in the 6700 block of Fite road. His family was in town from Connecticut for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Friday, officers targeted areas between Cullen Boulevard and Hatfield Road and Brookside and Bailey Roads.

Detectives also asked businesses along FM 518 or West Broadway to look at their cameras--to see if they might have caught a glimpse of something in a search that investigators admit has been tough.

Marcus was described as a black male and was last seen wearing a black Nike t-shirt and black sweat pants. He is 5'2" and weighs 60 lbs. Family members said he may have had an iPad with him.

Hundreds of people had gathered to help in the search for Marcus.

KHOU reports that the home where the boy was last seen Thursday is owned by former NBA star Marcus Camby. Police say Camby and hte boy are related, but have not specified how.

A vigil will be held this evening at 6 p.m. at the Dad's Club which is a ball park located on 5522 Fite Road in Pearland.

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