A missing 2-year-old boy whose mother was found murdered in the family home in St. Petersburg, Florida, earlier this week was found dead in the mouth of an alligator on Friday. The boy’s father was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Tylen Mosley’s body was found in the mouth of a crocodile at a recreation area, St. Petersburg’s Anthony Holloway at a press conference Friday evening.
Detectives were searching the area around Dell Holmes Park Friday afternoon when they “observed an alligator with an object in its mouth,” Holloway said.
“As the detectives got closer, they shot the alligator,” Moseley said. “The alligator dropped the object it was holding in its mouth, and we were able to recover Tylen’s body unharmed.”
The boy’s father, Thomas Moseley, 21, was charged with first-degree murder of Pashun Jeffrey, 20, and his son, Tylen Moseley, Holloway said.
Tylen’s exact cause of death was unknown, Holloway said, adding that Jeffrey was found stabbed multiple times.
Jeffrey and his son were last seen by family members at around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday. Police said neighbors heard a loud commotion near their home at around 8:30 p.m., but the police were not called.
The next day, Jeffrey’s mother contacted the apartment complex manager after not hearing from her daughter. Then they found him dead.
The FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement joined local authorities in the search for Moseley, which included a team of divers exploring lakes in the area and drones conducting web searches.
Thomas Moseley went to his mother’s house around 9 pm. Holloway said he cut off Wednesday’s arm and hand, then checked himself into a local hospital.
Family members said Jeffrey and Tylon only moved into the apartment complex about a month ago.