Search teams continue to look for missing Buckeye boy

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Administrators say Jesse was well-liked at school. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Administrators say Jesse was well-liked at school. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Jesse Wilson was last seen on Sunday night. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Jesse Wilson was last seen on Sunday night. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
A search party headed out to look for Jesse Wednesday morning. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A search party headed out to look for Jesse Wednesday morning. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
School administrators passed out fliers on Tuesday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) School administrators passed out fliers on Tuesday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Crews and volunteers were out early Thursday morning to look for a Buckeye boy no one has seen since Sunday night.

Police suspended the search for Jesse Wilson late Wednesday morning because of the heat. They're calling on experienced hikers to scour rugged terrain.

The FBI is assisting in the effort to find a missing 10-year-old boy. Sources said FBI investigators were at the family's home early Thursday morning and left with several bags of evidence. Police have not confirmed this.

Police say Jesse slipped out his bedroom window Sunday night. He reportedly has left home before but hasn't stayed out for an extended period. 

The Buckeye Police Department says so far, efforts to find the boy have been unsuccessful.

Volunteer staging Thursday morning will be held at The Holiday Inn at 445 S. Watson Road. Staging will be kicking off at 6 a.m. and will be complete by 9 a.m.

Buckeye police say, "If any citizens want to help, we are asking for citizens who have hiking experience as the areas we will be searching tomorrow have a more difficult terrain and to be hydrated." 

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"Jesse is a beloved young man and many of our teachers and faculty have known him (for) several years now and we've grown quite close to (him), his sister and his family," said Daniel Hughes, president of Bradley Academy where Jesse goes to school.

Hughes said Jesse is a great student and well-liked.

School administrators and teachers went looking for him on Tuesday and handed out about 1,000 fliers with his picture on them.

Jesse was last seen in his room Sunday night at 9:30. He got out of the house through his bedroom window, near 239th Avenue and Twilight Trail.

Police have posted on their Facebook page about Jesse, hoping somebody has some information about him.

Jesse is described as a black male, 4 feet tall and weighing 60 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, unknown color shorts, black socks and black shoes. Police also say he has no known medical conditions.

If you see Jesse or know where he might be, please contact the Buckeye Police Department at 623-349-6400.

The Bradley Academy announced it will serve as a refuge for the boy's family and friends. The school sent out this statement Wednesday:

"The staff and families of Bradley Academy of Excellence are deeply saddened by the disappearance of our dear student Jesse Wilson. Our teachers and staff are highly motivated to do all we can to help the family, friends and community of Jesse Wilson.

The campus of Bradley Academy, until further notice, will serve as a refuge for Jesse's family and friends. The administration and leadership of Bradley Academy will serve as representatives of Jesse's family as requested and directed by Jesse's mom. Bradley Academy has set up a sanctuary on site to serve as a quiet place for prayer and fellowship.

Representatives and clergy from various faiths will be present and available to counsel with anyone who would like to talk or have prayer. Family counselors and family support professionals will also be available. Bradley Academy will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until Jesse is found.

The public is welcome to visit with us anytime during these hours. Food, refreshments and child care will be available at all times during the hours above.
Volunteers are needed. Please email us if you would like to volunteer or have questions.

Bradley Academy is a 501c3 non-profit Public Charter School and as such serves only charitable purposes for the benefit of the public. We have taken an active role in financially supporting Jesse's family and are extending resources to help the community, law enforcement and our staff as much as possible. If one desires to make financial contributions to the Jesse Wilson fund, they may do so through our website at Other gifts such as household items, food, etc. may be delivered to the school.

The school is located at 16060 W Lower Buckeye Rd. in Goodyear.

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