Buckeye PD releases body cam video of officer's encounter with missing Jesse Wilson

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Jesse Wilson has been missing since last month. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Jesse Wilson has been missing since last month. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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)
Jesse Wilson (Source: Buckeye Police Department) Jesse Wilson (Source: Buckeye Police Department)
Investigators were also seen carrying out a few bags and envelopes, which are usually used when evidence is collected. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Investigators were also seen carrying out a few bags and envelopes, which are usually used when evidence is collected. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Newly-released body cam video from the Buckeye Police Department shows an officer interacting with missing 10-year-old Jesse Wilson last spring.

In April, police were called after a neighbor reported Jesse was standing on a Buckeye street corner at around 4:30 a.m. 

The boy asked the neighbor for food and said he was hungry and scared. The neighbor gave him something to eat.

The video shows police asking Jesse questions. His answers are inaudible and from the officer's responses, it appears Jesse may have been shaking his head yes or no, but not at all communicative.

Police quickly located the home where Jesse lived with his mother, Crystal Wilson, which was two homes away from where police made contact with the boy. 

Wilson told police it appears her son climbed out the second-story bedroom window. She also told officers she had locks on the all the windows on the first floor because Jesse has gotten out of the home in the middle of the night in the past. 

Jesse was given back to his mother. The police officers did not ask Wilson if she had any other kids at home and they did not ask to check the conditions of the home inside. 

Police provided the officer's body cam video to media outlets on Wednesday.

"During this found child call, Buckeye police officers followed established department policies and procedures concerning a found child," Sgt. Jason Weeks of the Buckeye Police Department wrote in a news release about the body cam video. "At that time, there was no reason to suspect or consider that Arizona Department of Child Services needed to be contacted, there was no determination of probable cause to search the Wilson house and there were no indicators to prompt further questions.?"

POLICE BODY CAM VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2

Monday marked four weeks since the boy's disappearance

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

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

Police have said Jesse's mother, Crystal 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. 

Police are asking people to use special tip line (623-349-6411) and email address (bpdtips@buckeyeaz.gov) to submit leads so that they do not get lost online. (Click or tap phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)

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

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