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Federal Bureau of Investigation takes over search for missing 4-year-old in North Carolina

Federal Bureau of Investigation takes over search for missing 4-year-old in North Carolina

A body found in a Laurinburg, N.C., pond is likely that of a missing 4-year-old boy, investigators said during a press conference Saturday.

Authorities were draining a pond Saturday near the area where Raul Gonzalez Johnson disappeared several days ago from his North Carolina home.

Search for 4-year-old Scotland County boy turns "investigative " Authorities said the boy was traveling on foot toward Crestline Road in Laurinburg. The pond is about 800 yards away from the boy's home, WNCN reported.

Friday, FBI and the Sheriff explained they have not drained the pond because they need permission from the landowner. "I thought maybe he was just hiding because he likes to hide, but he never stays gone this long".

"If he hadn't have been picked up or in a wooded area, that I would have seen him and I did not see him anywhere", said Bowen. "I want to thank our partners and the community for the tremendous outpouring of support", Kersey said.

Investigators made a decision to drain a pond near the boy's house after three separate K-9 units individually took the same route from Raul's home to the pond.

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Kersey said his deputies have been called to Raul's home in the past, and that five to six different family members live at the home.

Raul is about 3 feet tall and weighs about 38 pounds. More than 40 law enforcement, fire, search and rescue, and volunteer agencies - including a Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9, the Fayetteville Police Department, and the Fayetteville and Cumberland County dive teams - were helping in the search for Raul.

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.

Kersey urged anyone with information to come forward.

They said that he went to the home of a neighbor, who told him to go back home. "Just hoping he's still out there", said Annie Johnson earlier in the week.


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