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Search underway for Toledo boy missing since Friday

$5k reward offered for information
Posted at 4:39 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 18:59:21-04

TOLEDO, Ohio — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of a three-year-old non-verbal boy missing since Friday in Toledo.

Police said Braylen Noble's mother reported him missing from the family's apartment around noon Friday.

Noble, who searchers described as non-verbal and autistic, was last wearing a pink Mickey Mouse shirt.

On Monday, dozens of volunteers spent the day searching a wooded area along Swan Creek, behind the Hunter's Ridge Apartments.

"I’m incredibly hopeful, but you don’t know how that’s going to turn out especially with the amount of time he’s been gone," said Mike Toffler, one of the organizers of the search. "I can’t even imagine what that mother, what that grandmother, what that family is feeling right now."

Toledo police said they spent the weekend searching buildings, following-up on tips, and even searching a garbage transfer station in Michigan.

But so far, there has been no sign of Nobel and few concrete clues as to what happened.

"I’m not going to give you a theory because we’re going to explore everything, okay," said Lt. Dan Gerken of the Toledo Police Department. "So everything is open for us to go investigate. Theories come and go, we want to make sure we have all the information and we’ll follow-up."

The FBI is also involved in the search.

Volunteers remain hopeful they'll find the little boy whose picture is posted on missing posters at the apartment complex.

"It could be your son, my son, anybody’s son and right now, it’s a call for help," said Walter Gray, an Army veteran who volunteered to search Monday. "Find him. That’s all I want to do, find him."

Anyone with information is asked to call (419) 255-1111.