Authorities are searching for a missing child in Craven County, North Carolina. The three-year-old Casey Hathaway has been missing since Tuesday, say reports.
FBI Charlotte office in one of the statements mentioned that Casey was playing in the yard of his grandmother’s home along with two other children when he went missing from the scene. We are investigating the case, FBI office added.
Reports say that Casey’s family looked around the yard and found Casey missing. The child’s family called the police and reported him missing. Following the incident, the county sheriff’s deputies responded within minutes, said Craven County Sheriff, Chip Hughes.
On Wednesday, Hughes in a press conference said that our number one priority is to find Casey.
Authorities while interacting with the news channels informed that hundreds of professional searchers and volunteers are scanning the area and state highway police, the United States Marine Corp along with FBI is also investigating the scene, the authorities added.
Hughes in one of the statements on Wednesday said that we are treating this as a missing child investigation and search.
Craven County Emergency Services Director, Stanley Kite, informed that searching Casey had become much more of a challenge due to harsh temperatures and difficult terrain. Kite also explained that it is a “complex path” ahead for searchers.
FBI, on the other hand, shared that professional searchers are working throughout the day to find Casey. On Wednesday, the searchers were sent back to their homes following safety concerns, according to the FBI.
“For a grown man it would be tough out here for this long,” Perry Turner, a volunteer involved in the search told NBC affiliate WRAL. “But, you know, the Lord works in mysterious ways, and I hope he is working today.”
“Every lead that we get we will diligently follow and go after,” Hughes said. He encourages those with tips to called the manned tip line at 252-636-6703.