Eight Hour Search For Child Turns Up Nothing

An eight hour search for a five or six year old boy ended with authorities having no luck in locating the child.

Carteret County deputies say two employees of I.C. Countertops Granite & Marble Company say they spotted the child in a parking lot playing with a cat around 3:45 a.m. When they approached the boy he ran away.

Authorities first searched the grounds, buildings, dry dock boats and wooded areas near the business. Eventually the search was expanded to the entire Jarrett Bay Boat Works industrial park site that included some 25 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and a state Highway Patrol helicopter joined the search.

The only description was that the child was black and either five or six years old.

Deputies say they never received a report of missing children and believe the child lived close by and made it back home with his parents discovering him missing.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    Time to get locks on the doors high enough little boys can't get out of. I would faint.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jul 6, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    It says he was 'playing with a cat'. Wonder if there are homes in a close proximity to the business? If so, this may happen again. Still, a child that young, at that hour, had no business outside of his home without supervision by a guardian. The workers were right on in reporting it. He could have done this a bunch of times, but it only takes one time for a sex offender or other ne'er do well to snatch him up, and then who would be to blame? Better to be safe than sorry.
  • by escape artist Location: NC on Jul 6, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    when I was small I snuck out at night all the time and my parents never knew. Just sayin....
  • by mom Location: washington on Jul 6, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    if they did not find anything the child may have not been real!(ghost)
  • by Greenville reader Location: Greenville on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    What is a child doing out that time of the morning--hopefully they will find out who he is and his parent(s) that he lives with and call social services (what good this will do.)
  • by Lisa Location: Pa. on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    They'd better get a better description of this boy & keep searching!
  • by wonder Location: tarboro on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    why would a 5-6 year old be out at 3:45 am in the morning
  • by Jeff on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    I hope this child turns up safely. but what was he doing out at 3:45a.m.?
  • by A mom Location: Greenville on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    1st if this child is missing I pray that this child is found safe. 2nd why was a child out alone @ 345 in the morning?
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