Sheriffs deputies call off search for missing toddler
From the San Jose Mercury News
ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Investigators called off the search Monday for a 19-month-old toddler whose parents reported him missing over the weekend from their home in a heavily wooded area of this suburb north of San Diego.
The toddler, Keithan Panyavong, was last seen around 11 p.m. Saturday, when his parents put him to bed. They first reported him missing around 1 p.m. Sunday, triggering a daylong search-and-rescue operation that included canine squads and a helicopter search team assisted by about 50 volunteers.
A search of the area around the child’s home netted no clues about the child’s whereabouts, said San Diego Sheriff’s Department spokesman Capt. Glenn Revell.
“We’ve searched the entire area the child could have traversed himself,” Revell said. “At this juncture we’re calling off the search absent additional information that would help us direct our resources more effectively.”
Revell said there was no indication of foul play at the home. Investigators may turn the case over to the homicide unit, which handles missing-person cases, Revell said.
“I don’t understand why or how anybody would want to take him or what happened, how he got out of my house,” his mother Erika told KGTV as she held back tears.
Panyavong is 3 feet tall and 25 pounds, authorities said. He has black hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing one-piece blue pajamas with feet.
Anyone with information on the boy should call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200.
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