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Body of missing Florida toddler found in canal

18-month-old Vihaan Pullamsetti.

18-month-old Vihaan Pullamsetti.  (Broward County Sheriff's Office)

The body of a missing 18-month-old boy from Tampa has been found in a South Florida canal.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Vihaan Pullamsetti's body was spotted Monday morning in Weston, which is west of Fort Lauderdale.

Officials say the child went missing from a relative's apartment in Weston on Sunday afternoon. Deputies, bloodhounds and helicopters assisted neighbors and family members in a large-scale search for the child.

The child was reported missing Sunday afternoon. His parents -- Kamala Gavara and Ravi Pullamsetti -- were visiting from Tampa for Halloween. They told deputies the child often napped in the afternoon.

The family searched for the boy for about 20 minutes before calling 911.