Missing boy case hits 10 year anniversary

October 5, 2010 9:11:54 PM PDT
Friends and family marked the somber anniversary of Tristen Buddy Myers' disappearance from his Sampson County home Tuesday night."I just felt like I needed to do it," Tristen Myers' aunt Donna Myers said. "We'll never stop looking for him."

Ten years ago, the 4-year-old disappeared from his aunt's home in Sampson County.

At first, searchers thought the little boy may have wandered off with his pet dogs into a nearby wooded area or fields, but when the animals returned a few days later, Myers wasn't with them.

Family members said they feared the little boy had been taken. No one has seen or heard from him since then.

"It's been very difficult trying to keep Tristen's picture out there and trying to keep the family trying to think positive" said Jackie Cox, the Myers' family spokesperson. "It's a tough thing, you know. We don't want Tristen forgotten."

A couple of months ago, investigators released an age-progressed composite of what Myers may look like now.

Investigators tracked down several leads and reported sightings at the time, but none of them led to the boy.

The Sampson County Sheriff says the investigation remains an active case.

"We'll get some tips or leads; of course we continue to check those out," Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thorton said. "Nothing's turned up."

While many in the community say they hope to know one day what happened to Myers, his family says they cling to a flicker of hope that one day he will come home.

"I believe he's alive and one day our prayers will be answered," Donna Myers said.

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