Buckeye police suspend volunteer search for missing 10-year-old boy

Posted at 5:21 AM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 10:45:08-04

A volunteer search for a missing boy in Buckeye has been suspended due to the heat and humidity, but officials are getting some backup.

Authorities and volunteers were out on Wednesday in Buckeye searching for Jesse Wilson who was last seen in his room on Sunday night. Buckeye Police Department officers and detectives are still continuing the search. 

An FBI spokeswoman on Wednesday afternoon confirmed to ABC15 that their agency is assisting in the search for the 10-year-old.

Police have determined Wilson left his house through a bedroom window near 239th Avenue and Twilight Trail.

According to police, the boy has escaped his room in the past, but has never gone missing for this long.

The Buckeye Police Department has utilized a helicopter from Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and conducted ground search with police dogs. They have covered two thirds of the search area and have one third to complete. 

Volunteers, including some from Wilson's school, have been a part of the search efforts. 

"They're all willing to lend a hand. They're all about their kids," said Harold Cadiz, principal at Bradley Academy. "We take ownership of our kids. All the children that come here, we're not only responsible for their education but the well beings of the family, so if there's anything we can do to help in this process we're here for them."

Jesse is described as a black male, 4 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, unknown color shorts, black socks and black shoes.

If you see Jesse please call Buckeye police at 623-349-6400.

The search will continue on Thursday morning from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in deeper terrain and experienced hikers are being sought out for assistance.