Police use drones as search for missing Buckeye boy continues

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 16:31:51-04

The search for a missing 10-year-old continued for its fourth day Thursday. Police used drones to get a bird's eye view, helping to make sure nothing was missed by those searching on the ground.

Jesse Wilson was reported missing by his mother on July 18th at 1:41 am. 

"He's done this before," Crystal Wilson told dispatchers.

She sounded cool, calm and collected while on the phone, repeatedly telling dispatch that he has run away before.

"My son has either gone out the window, which he has done before. Or gone out the back door," said Wilson.

For some reason, Wilson reached out to police by calling the Buckeye Police Department's general number. 

"Why didn't she call 911? That's the first thing a parent would do is call 911," said Sharlotte Cooper, who volunteered to search for Jesse. 

Cooper has been involved with the search to bring Jesse home, but she has her doubts about the circumstances of his disappearance.

"I question the whole story. And I would be out and searching for the kids," said Cooper.

Jesse's mom waited four days before agreeing to do an interview.

RAW VIDEO: Family pleads for return of Jesse Wilson as search continues

"I just miss your loving, caring sweet way," said Wilson of her son.

She didn't even want police to release his picture to help find him, a fact that angers Cooper, who is also mother to a 10-year-old.

"I'd be on the news. Begging for help. She hasn't had to beg. This whole city has been searching for the child," said Cooper.

But as the search goes into day 5 -- including aerial efforts toward a nearby mountain range -- Cooper is praying for a miracle.

"I'm hoping I'll find him. But it's been too long," said Cooper.

Buckeye police say they are not ruling out foul play. 

If you have any information on Jesse's location call Buckeye PD.