Answers still elusive 1 month after Buckeye 10-year-old vanished

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Crystal Wilson made a public plea last month for her young son Jesse Wilson to please come home. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Crystal Wilson made a public plea last month for her young son Jesse Wilson to please come home. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
At least five plain-clothes detectives were seen going in and out of Wilson's home Thursday afternoon. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) At least five plain-clothes detectives were seen going in and out of Wilson's home Thursday afternoon. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Monday marked four weeks since the disappearance of 10-year-old Jesse Wilson of Buckeye.

Crystal Wilson, Jesse’s mom, called the non-emergency Buckeye police line about 1 a.m. on Monday, July 18. She told police her son walked away from their home like he had done in the past.

READ: Mother makes tearful appeal for son to come home (July 21, 2016)

Despite exhaustive searches and FBI involvement, there is still no sign of the boy.

Nothing is off the table at this point in the investigation, which means police have not ruled out foul play.

"When we’re still trying to rule out foul play, we look at all avenues. We look at families. We look at friends. We look at people in the neighborhood. We look at people outside the neighborhood. We check everything," said Sgt. Jason Weeks of Buckeye Police Department.

The FBI has been involved in this case from the start. Buckeye investigators are using the FBI to process clues or evidence they gathered. There have been extensive searches of the Wilson home. Wilson's car has also been searched and examined.

In the month Jesse has been missing, information has surfaced that the 10-year-old, his twin sister and their older brother were adopted by Wilson.

Prior to moving to Buckeye, Wilson lived with the kids in Avondale. Stephen McCan was their neighbor.

"[I] never had any problems with them and I don’t believe that the kids were abused in any sort of way," McCan said. "I didn’t see anything like that. Certainly, she seemed to care for the children."

But there were times, according to McCan, he did see the three kids outside of their house or in the backyard after school for periods of time, waiting for their mom to come home from work.

McCan also said he had a couple of encounters with Jesse that he thought were rather odd.

"The little boy came home from school and said his mother hadn’t made him a snack or anything so he kind of rang the doorbell. I opened the door and he marched right in,” said McCan.

Jesse told McCan he was hungry and he asked for some food.

According to McCan, that same kind of incident happened a few different times. But after the first time, McCan told the little boy he would have to check with him mom before feeding him. 

There seems to be a common theme surrounding Jesse, who always expressed to people that he was hungry.

Two parents, who asked not to be identified, told us that their kids attended Knight Academy in Goodyear with Jesse last summer. Those parents said their kids complained that Jesse was always stealing food because he was hungry. One parent actually spoke to the little boy about it.

In April, when a neighbor called the police to report a little boy on the street corner at close to 5 a.m., that neighbor told police the boy said he was hungry and scared. The neighbor gave him something to eat.

Police have said Wilson is cooperating fully with the investigation.

On Friday, detectives returned to the Wilson home and took out several bags that appeared to be evidence bags.

Attempts to reach Wilson Monday were unsuccessful.

RELATED: Missing Buckeye boy: Police set up special phone number, email for tips

RELATED: Woman claiming to be grandmother of missing Buckeye boy speaks (Aug. 4, 2016)

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