Authorities have yet to find the missing four-year-old boy in Scotland County, Eastern North Carolina. An Ambert Alert was issued on Wednesday for the boy identified as Raul Johnson and a multi-agency land search was immediately launched to find the boy.
Police say the child’s grandfather who serves as his guardian lost track of the boy on Wednesday morning. The boy lives in Laurenburg, about 100 miles east of Charlotte. The grandfather called 911 the minute he realized the boy was missing.
Police dogs were employed to help in the search efforts for the boy. The dogs tracked the child’s scent to a nearby pond but divers didn’t find anything.
The boy’s in the care of his grandfather because his parents were arrested on child abuse charges in October. His father remains in jail.
The mother shares that the boy had an argument with his sister, and wandered outside. He went to a neighbor’s house but the neighbor said he sent the boy back to his home.
Authorities said the boy was last spotted on Village Drive walking toward Crestline Road in Laurinburg. The authorities have yet to fully established whether the missing boy got lost along the way or he was abducted.
The Goldwater is also publishing a photo of the boy for the readers’ guidance. The boy is described as Indian, around 3 feet tall, weighing 38 pounds. He has black eyes and brown eyes.
The boy was last seen wearing a white-and-orange tiger-striped shirt with tigers on it and white pants with rocket ships printed on them.
Authorities are asking the public’s help in locating the child. Anyone with helpful information or tips on the four-year-old’s whereabouts is requested to call the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (910) 276-3385.