Search continues for 3-year-old

May 19, 2008 10:23:48 PM PDT
The search for a 3-year-old Johnston County boy who's been missing since Sunday morning continues.

The Smithfield Police Department is searching for Siraj Unir Davenport of Four Oaks. His mother says he answers to Raji.

Davenport is a 3-year-old Asian male, approximately 3 feet, 0 inches tall, weighing 35 pounds. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing light blue T-shirt with a yellow truck on the front, dark blue sweat pants and Addidas tennis shoes.

Smithfield police are following several leads, but they haven't led to the three year old boy; while friends held a candlelight vigil to keep hope alive.

Siraj Davenport's mother was at the Smithfield Police Department for almost nine hours Monday, talking with investigators, while just down the road the Four Oaks community came together lighting candles and praying for 3-year-olds's safe return.

Detectives say that the boy was at the Brightleaf Flea Market with his mother around 10 a.m. Sunday, when she says she turned to load her car with groceries and turned back around to find the boy gone.

Investigators say the mother and other customers searched for two hours on their own before calling police around noon.

Since then, Smithfield Police, Johnston County Sheriff's officials, search and rescue teams and fire officials have been scouring the area inside and outside the flea market. They have also launched several boats off a nearby ramp looking for clues along the Neuse River. Monday morning, federal agents entered the search for the child.

Authorities say they closed down the market early, clearing out everyone and searching each car as it left the parking lot for clues.

As for leads, police say there are few --investigators say Raji may have been abducted, but they have no information on any estranged family member or anyone else who would want to harm the boy.

Smithfield Police Chief Steve Gillikin said it may too early to consider the case a possible abduction. The search was called off Sunday evening because of bad weather.

Meanwhile, the boys father is headed home from Vietnam where he was doing guided tours.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, contact the Smithfield Police Department at (919) 934-2121, or call 911 or Highway Patrol.


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