2-Year-Old Hiking With Grandma, Sister Vanishes

Thousands of volunteers join Tenn. search
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2016 12:52 AM CST
Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver spoke to the media with updates to the search for Noah Chamberlin on Sunday in Jackson, Tenn.   (Kenneth Cummings/The Jackson Sun via AP)
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(Newser) – Thousands of volunteers have joined law enforcement agencies in the search for Noah Chamberlin, a 2-year-old boy who disappeared while hiking with his grandmother and sister on Thursday afternoon. The grandmother says they were in the woods near their home in Pinson, Tenn., at around 1:30pm when the boy went missing while she was paying attention to his 4-year-old sister, WBBJ reports. In a press release, authorities say Noah is 2 feet tall and around 25 pounds, with blue eyes and blond hair, and was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. People in the area have been asked to search homes, outbuildings, and anywhere else a 2-year-old could possibly fit.

Searchers say the terrain is difficult but that they're not going to stop until the boy is found. Dogs, volunteers on horseback, and a police helicopter have assisted the search. "Been cold, wet, muddy, lots of hills, lot of hard terrain, lot of swamps, lot of bottoms. I just pray that the boy is good," a volunteer tells WMC. The Chester County sheriff tells the station that there's no reason to suspect foul play. "It is a search and rescue mission," he says. "We have total faith that we're going to find Noah and we're going to bring him home safe." As temperatures started to plummet on Sunday night, volunteers gathered to search through the night in one-hour shifts, reports the Jackson Sun.

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