Prayers Needed: Police Searching for 3-Yr-Old Boy Who Vanished from Grandmother's Backyard

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January 23, 2019Jan 23, 2019

Police in North Carolina is desperately searching for a 3-year-old boy who disappeared on Tuesday afternoon. The little boy, Casey Lynn Hathaway, was reported missing after he disappeared from his grandmother's backyard.

He went missing in the Ernul area of Craven County, according to the sheriff’s office. Hathaway is 28 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. He has blond hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue coat and dark-colored pants.

Hathaway's grandmother was watching him and two other young children when Hathaway vanished. The children were playing the backyard, and his grandmother did not realize he was missing until the other two children inside without him.

He apparently wandered into thick woods behind the home He was last seen around 1:45 p.m. Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said the grandmother and others searched for the child for 45 minutes then called 911 when he couldn’t be found.

Sheriff Hughes said Hathaway was not dressed warmly enough for the mid-30s temperatures. There was so concern about sinkholes and deep water ditches in the area.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office asked that residents in the area check their property, particularly storage sheds and vehicles, for the boy.

By Tuesday night, vehicles lined Aurora Road to help search for the boy. Hughes said more than 100 people showed up to join the search.

"We are doing everything we can to find this child, utilizing all resources at our disposal and once again, we want these folks in the Cayton community and Ernul community to certainly keep an ear out," said Hughes. "We've got well over 100 volunteers that have come here."

Volunteers gathered at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to resume the search. A Highway Patrol helicopter with a heat-seeking camera and a Marine Fisheries airplane was being used to search as well.

Hughes said the SBI and FBI were also called to help. Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 252-633-0498 or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

Please join us in storming heaven with prayers for this little boy.