Missing Buckeye boy's school to hold 'Volunteer Appreciation Night' SundayPosted: Updated:
It's been almost a week since 10-year-old Jesse Wilson disappeared from his Buckeye home, and there is still no sign of the boy.
Despite intense search efforts, Jesse hasn't been seen since last Sunday night.
Now, Jesse's school wants to thank volunteers for helping in the search. The school has planned a Volunteer Appreciation Night for Sunday at 7 p.m.
Police and volunteers have been scouring the Valley since his disappearance, with police even using drones and tracking dogs in the search.
The FBI is assisting in the search for Jesse. And now, the U.S. Border Patrol has joined in.
“The Border Patrol came up this morning, offered their help," said Sgt. Jason Weeks, the public information officer for the Buckeye Police Department. "You know, they’re good at tracking people in the desert because they have to go out and do desert rescues all the time. They came up; they brought up their scent dogs and we didn’t find anything.”
On Saturday, Jesse's school, Bradley Academy of Excellence in Goodyear has announced plans to hold a "Volunteer Appreciation Night" on Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
According to the event's flyer, Jesse’s mother, Crystal Wilson, will be on hand to meet and thank volunteers who have participated in the search.
Wilson made a tearful statement to the media last week, pleading for Jesse to come home.
"This is your mommy," she said. "No one is mad at you."
Bradley Academy has created the page leadjessehome.org, detailing efforts to find the missing boy.
"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.
The school plans to erect a special monument symbolizing its dedication to finding Jesse. The monument will be created in front of the school building in time for Sunday’s event.
The school also released a statement about the ongoing efforts to find the boy.
The statement reads, in part: "It must be conveyed that the teachers and staff of Bradley Academy will not stop in our conviction to raise awareness about Jesse and to do all we can to provide support to those endeavoring to bring him home."
Buckeye police are looking into about 100 leads called in from people around the country. It's urging people not to post possible sightings to social media. if you think you've seen Jesse, call your nearest police department instead.
The number for the Buckeye Police Department at 623-349-6400. Calling 9-1-1 would also be acceptable if you think you've found the boy.
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.
Buckeye police say Jesse had recently gotten a haircut, so should look very similar to his recent photo.
Jesse's school is also planning another event:
"The campus of Bradley Academy will display yellow ribbons all around the property as a symbol of hope for Jesse’s safe return. We need help displaying as many yellow ribbons as possible. Volunteers are needed. At approximately 10:30am, teachers of Bradley Academy will be transported by school bus to begin creating the Jesse Road Home. The Jesse Road Home is the school bus route that Jesse took from his home to Bradley Academy. The route will be decorated with pictures of Jesse and yellow
ribbons signifying his path home and, in essence, leading him home to Bradley Academy. We are asking that families spend quality time together in the car while driving the Jesse Road Home, discussing their gratitude for one another. Parents should take the time to explain what is happening and begin laying the groundwork for fruitful and honest conversations with their children. Communication is the foundation of a healthy relationship."
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