Missing toddler found dead in St. Louis suburb

By JIM SALTER | November 15, 2011 | 9:15 PM EST

Amanda Cradic, left, and Meagan Mayer react as they learn that the son of a woman they described as their best friend was kidnapped in the early hours of Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011 from his home in St. Louis County, Mo. Police say the body of a small child has been found near a cemetery about a mile from where 1-year-old Tyler Dasher went missing. St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the child has not been positively identified, however he says there are no other reports of missing children in the area. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

AFFTON, Mo. (AP) — Police say a small body found near a St. Louis County cemetery is that of a 1-year-old boy reported missing hours earlier from his home.

St. Louis County police spokesman Rick Eckhard says the medical examiner who confirmed the body as that of Tyler Dasher did not immediately determine the cause of death Tuesday. Police did not plan to release any more information until Wednesday morning.

Tyler was reported missing around 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Affton home he shared with his mother, 20-year-old Shelby Dasher, and his grandmother. Shelby Dasher told police she had put Tyler to bed after midnight, then overslept and discovered him gone from his crib when she awoke.

Police say people walking a dog found the body Tuesday afternoon about a mile from the home.