Investigators revisit home of missing Buckeye boy as search continuesPosted: Updated:
Buckeye Police detectives investigating the disappearance of 10-year-old Jesse Wilson spent time Thursday inside the home where the boy lived with his mom, Crystal Wilson, and his two siblings.
According to Buckeye's Police Chief Larry Hall, Wilson was at the home and his investigators did have contact with her, but he would not elaborate on their interaction or what detectives were doing inside the home.
Sources confirmed shortly after Jesse was reported missing by his mom that Department of Child Safety workers removed Jesse's twin and older brother from the home and placed them in temporary care.
At least five plain-clothes detectives were seen going in and out of Wilson's home Thursday afternoon. They brought inside camera equipment and what look like a large evidence gathering box. They were also seen carrying out a few bags and envelopes, which are usually used when evidence is collected.
The tone of the investigation seemed to shift after a massive search took place Thursday morning. Hall called the wide-scale search, which was just on the outskirts of where the initial search was located, a recovery operation.
Investigators have not ruled out foul play. And while they are hoping for the best, they are preparing for the worst.
"This is a child that disappeared in the middle of the night. So, there's a lot of different scenarios that we have to play out. And one of the scenarios that we play out is the one we have to play out today, that he might have been dumped in the desert," said Hall.
The FBI, police officers and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office were scouring two locations in Buckeye as they conducted a secondary search for 10-year-old Jesse, who has been missing for more than three weeks.
The agencies were searching a field near Durango Street and Miller Road at around 5:30 a.m.
"We do secondary searches like we do primary searches," Sgt. Jason Weeks with the Buckeye Police Department said. "We just want to check and recheck to make sure that we've covered all of our bases."
[Raw video: Buckeye police briefing on search for Jesse Wilson]
"It's been a long time and as a law enforcement organization, we have to look at every scenario that's out there and, unfortunately, this scenario is the worst case scenario and this is a scenario that we have to understand could have occurred," Hall said.
Hall said they are playing out every scenario that could have happened and that they hadn't received any information that Jesse may not be alive.
"He could be anywhere at this point but we felt it was necessary to reach out and search this specific area based upon the proximity to the home and based upon the scenario that he might have walked off and made it this far, which is a pretty good distance," Hall said.
Searchers were also in an area near Southern Avenue and Rooks Road, south of the first location, at about 8:30 a.m.
It's believed that Jesse climbed out a bedroom window of his family's home on the night of July 17.
While this was not the first time Jesse had sneaked out, his family said he never stayed away for an extended period of time.
aJesse is described as black, 4 feet tall, 60 pounds and was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, black socks and black shoes.
"We have thousands of man-hours into this, we have not stopped, detectives have not stopped," Hall said. "This is a 10-year-old boy, we don't walk away from this. We just continue to work this."
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