Ten-year-old Jesse Wilson may have slipped out of his bedroom window sometime after 9:30pm Sunday. It wouldn't be the first time. "My son has either gone out the window, which he has done before," mom Crystal Wilson told Arizona dispatchers when she found his bed empty early Monday morning, per ABC15. "Or gone out the back door." Neighbors say they occasionally saw Jesse walking around Buckeye late at night—but no one has seen him for four days and he's never been gone so long. "No one is mad at you … I just miss your loving, caring, sweet ways," Wilson tearfully pleaded into a TV camera Thursday after police and volunteers searched nearby desert and parks to no avail, per the Arizona Republic. "Your sister and your brother love you so much. I love you so much," she added, per KPHO.
The circumstances around Jesse's disappearance aren't clear: One volunteer says she "question[s] the whole story," noting Wilson called the local Buckeye Police Department rather than 911 when she found her son was missing, and she initially didn't want a photo of Jesse circulated. Sources say police—who say they aren't ruling out foul play—were spotted removing bags of evidence from the Wilson home on Thursday. Caution tape was also spotted there, reports 12 News, adding Jesse's mom was questioned Wednesday and could be questioned again. Also on Thursday, police called off a volunteer search after several people showed symptoms of heatstroke. Officers say they'll continue searching Friday, with help from a helicopter; drones have also been used in the search. (Read more missing child stories.)