Investigators believe that a body found in a pond in Laurinburg, North Carolina, is that of missing 4-year-old Raul Gonzalez Johnson.
Johnson was last seen on Village Drive walking toward Crestline Road in Laurinburg, prompting a state-wind Amber Alert on Wednesday. It was found when the pond was drained. Crews will also be draining the nearby pond that divers searched earlier in the week.
The FBI was waiting for a county medical examiner to confirm that the body is Raul and to determine a cause of death.
Authorities said Johnson's grandfather told them he he lost track of the boy.
"Raul is still considered missing ... and that's where we are at this moment", Kersey said.
Hundreds of people joined in the search of the area near the boy's home this week and a pond was drained during the search.
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Kersey asked Scotland County to do what it does best at times like this: "Come together".
Local K-9 units are also being deployed in Johnson's search. They say went Raul went to the home of a neighbor, who told him to go home.
North Carolina officials were assisting in searching for the child who was reported missing Wednesday. "Raul is still considered missing ... and that's where we are at this moment", Kersey said.
"It's just very heartbreaking and devastating to think about... it's been so cold the last few nights", said Bowen. More than 200 law enforcement officers and volunteers were taking part overall.
According to the Scotland County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office, Raul Johnson is described as an Indian boy with black hair and brown eyes.
He is said to have been wearing a white and orange striped shirt with tigers on it, along with white trousers printed with rocket ships. He has black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing an orange tiger-striped shirt with tigers on it along with white trousers with rocket ships on the side.