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The search for Noah Thomas, a 5-year-old boy who went missing this week from Pulaski County, Virginia, has now entered into its fourth day.
According to WDBJ7, Noah’s mother last saw him a little after 7 AM on Sunday, March 22. She told police that she dropped Noah’s father off at work at 7 AM, and then came back home. She then took a nap while Noah was watching TV in the next room. When she awoke at 10:35 AM, she realized that Noah was missing. After searching for him, she called 911.
Police began their search for Noah shortly after the 911 call around 11 AM Sunday. Professional search crews and law enforcement officers are still at work today as the search continues.
In a news conference held Tuesday, police stated that they didn’t suspect foul play, even 48 hours after Noah went missing.
At the time of this posting, they still don’t have any solid leads or a suspect in mind.
Investigators say they aren’t ruling anything out, including a possible abduction. An Amber Alert has not been issued, however, because of the lack of evidence of an abduction.
Investigators say they are still treating this case as a missing child, who left on foot.
Search crews plan to look north of Highland Road at a nearby landfill. The search is not based on any leads, but the landfill has become part of their new search.
More than 100 people have joined in the search.
Noah is described as a white male with red hair and brown eyes. He is 4′ tall and weighs 60 pounds, and was last seen wearing a camo jacket, black and yellow pants and Spiderman rain boots.
Anyone with information pertaining to Noah Thomas is asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 1-540-980-7800.
UPDATE: 3/27/15 9:30 AM
Noah’s body was found yesterday, March 26, around 1 PM. According to CBS6, he was found in a septic tank near his home after an aggressive search to find him.
Officials said his body has been taken to the Office of Medical Examiner in Roanoke.
“At this point, no one is in custody and a cause of death has not been determined,” Pulaski County Sheriff Davis told reporters.
Davis also said that Noah’s parents have continued to cooperate with authorities.