Casey Hathaway missing: FBI, state officials join effort to find missing 3-year-old

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    CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) - Update: Hundreds of volunteers are helping authorities search for a 3-year-old North Carolina boy last seen playing near his grandmother's home.

    Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes tells news outlets Wednesday afternoon the FBI, state investigators and the U.S. Marines Corps from nearby bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point are part of the effort to find Casey Lynn Hathaway, who has been missing for more than a day.

    By 9:30 p.m., volunteers had gone home for the night, but search-and-rescue efforts were planned overnight as the search for Casey Lynn Hathaway stretched into a second day, WTVD reported.

    Hughes says the boy was playing with two other children in his grandmother's backyard Tuesday, but didn't come inside with them.

    Temperatures hovered around freezing overnight. Hughes says Casey wasn't adequately dressed for the weather and he's concerned about sinkholes and deep water ditches in the area. He says divers are assessing nearby ponds.

    Casey is 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, weighs 25 pounds (11 kilograms) and has blond hair and brown eyes.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    Authorities in Craven County are searching for a missing 3-year-old boy.

    According to ABC affiliate WTVD deputies said Casey Hathaway went missing from his grandmother's home, in Ernul, around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

    According to WCTI, he was playing with two children in the backyard before his disappearance.

    Officials said the grandmother and others searched for Casey for 45 minutes before calling 911.

    He is 2'4", weighs 25 pounds, has strawberry blonde hair, and brown eyes.

    He was last seen wearing a blue coat and dark-colored pants.

    "We are doing everything we can to find this child, utilizing all resources at our disposal and once again, we want these folks in the Cayton Community and Ernul Community to certainly keep an ear out," said Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes. "We've got well over 100 volunteers that have come here."

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