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Case Type: Disability, Endangered
DOB: June 3, 2012
Missing Date: Nov 23, 2014
Age Now: 2
Missing City: Searcy
Missing State: Arkansas
Case Number: NCMEC1240813
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Malique was last seen at home on November 23, 2014 at approximately 5:45 p.m in the 700 block of West Park Avenue.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Malique’s parents told police that they last saw their son in the bedroom of their home. In an interview with NewsOne, Officer Steve Hernandez of the Searcy Police Department, said Malique’s mom went to the bathroom and the boy apparently ran out of the house.
We are talking to anyone and everyone that might have been in the area. He has walked out of the house and gone to a family member’s house before,” said Hernandez. “We don’t have any information to suggest foul play but we are not ruling anything out.”
Malique is autistic. He is also biracial. There is a belief that he may be in the area near his home, possibly hiding in an abandoned home. Hernandez said there is a 24 hour search effort underway to find the child and the FBI is involved.
There were over 150 volunteers involved with a recent morning search. Two other groups have agreed to search into the night and a smaller group will search overnight.
“It’s extremely difficult knowing a 2 1/2 year old child is out there. The best case scenario is he’s hiding in an abandoned building,” said Hernandez. “We’re gonna keep searching.”
Hernandez urged anyone who might have seen Malique or who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact police immediately.
Last Seen Wearing: Malique was last seen wearing a blue shirt and brown pants.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Malique Drummond may contact the Searcy Police Department at (501) 268-3531 or contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.
Search Underway for Autistic Arkansas Boy Who Wandered Away From Home was originally published on newsone.com