MISSING: Urgent search after little boy vanishes from home; crews scour nearby pond for clues

Police in Missouri are asking for the public’s help in locating a 4-year-old boy who was possibly taken from his Jefferson City apartment on Wednesday evening.

KOMU reported that the search for Darnell S. Gray has led crews to a pond off Linden Way. Reported missing Thursday morning, Gray was last seen at his apartment on Buena Vista Street between 11 p.m. and midnight when he went to sleep.

“We have no evidence at this time that there was any foul play involved,” Jefferson City Police Captain Deric Heislen told the news station. “We are, of course, not ruling anything out, but we don’t have any evidence right now that would lead us in that direction.”

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The Kansas City Star reported that boy’s coat, backpack, two juice boxes, and some cookies were also missing from the home. Heislen said that Gray does not appear be the victim of a parental abduction. The boy’s father was reportedly at work when an acquaintance called police.

Heislen told the newspaper that no arrests have been made and that the family’s cooperating with police.

We have gotten numerous leads come in, but nothing that would change much of what we’ve been doing since the search began,” Jefferson City Police Lieutenant Dave Williams said during a Friday morning news conference, according to the News Tribune.

Williams said 35 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies and the FBI are assisting in search efforts.

Gray is described as being 3 to 4 feet tall, weighing approximately 50 pounds, and missing his two front teeth. He was last seen wearing a black and white sleeper but could be wearing a black fur-lined coat, red Spider-Man Velcro shoes, Mickey Mouse hat and gloves, and a Black Panther backpack.

Authorities are currently offering $500 for information that leads them to Gray. Williams said he’s considered “endangered” due to weather conditions coupled with what he was last seen wearing.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding Darnell Gray’s whereabouts should call the Jefferson City Police Department at 573-634-6400, call the CrimeStoppers hotline at 659-TIPS or go to jeffcitycrimestoppers.com.

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[Featured Image: Darnell Gray/Jefferson City Police Department]