URGENT: Missing little boy never made it home after playing outside

Over 100 volunteers are searching for a 3-year-old boy who vanished from a yard in Craven County, North Carolina, on Tuesday afternoon, while playing with other children.

The State reports that Casey Hathaway didn’t return to his grandmother’s Ernul home off of 200 Toler Road, after playing outside with a group of children. Two of the children returned to her home and told her the little boy decided he wanted to keep playing outside. The grandmother searched for the boy, then contacted police around 45 minutes after he disappeared.

The grandmother told authorities that Casey may have went into “thick woods” behind her home, according to Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes.

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“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,” Hughes said, according to ABC. “We’ e got well over 100 volunteers that have come here.”

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Casey is a white male who stands 3-feet-tall and weighs around 25 pounds. He has strawberry blonde hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark-colored pants and a blue coat.

“Our concern is, we are running out of light and it is cold outside. There are so many pockets of water and sinkholes, some of my deputies have come in up to here,” Hughes said on Tuesday. “Hopefully, it will be a positive, end on a positive note.”

Anyone with any information should contact the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620 or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

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[Feature Photo: Casey Hathaway/Handout]