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Police Who Are Searching For A Missouri 4-Year-Old Who Vanished From Home Say It Is 'Beyond Critical'

Jefferson City, Missouri police drained a local pond while searching for Darnell Gray, a 4-year-old boy who mysteriously vanished from his home.

By Gina Tron

Police are desperately searching for a 4-year-old Missouri boy who disappeared from his Jefferson City home on Wednesday morning.

Jefferson City Police Lieutenant David Williams called the disappearance of Darnell Gray “beyond critical” due to how long he’s been missing, according to police.

"It is imperative that we find Darnell and return him to his family," Williams wrote in a press release.

On Saturday, police expanded their search area and by Sunday, Williams said police were draining a pond as part of their effort, according to KRCG in New Bloomfield, Missouri. Police are going door-to-door in their search for the child and are also looking via helicopter, according to The Kansas City Star.

Gray was last seen wearing a black coat with red fur lining, black and white PJs, and velcro Spider-Man shoes. He may also be wearing a Mickey Mouse hat and a Black Panther backpack. Gray is missing his two front teeth. He is described as being approximately 3'10," according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Jefferson City Police Captain Deric Heislen told The Kansas City Star that he does not think that Gray’s disappearance is a parental abduction. Gray’s dad was at work when an acquaintance reported him missing, according to The Kansas City Star, which also reported that the boy’s backpack, some cookies, and juice boxes were also missing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Jefferson City Police Department at 573-634-6400, call the CrimeStoppers hotline at 659-TIPS or go to jeffcitycrimestoppers.com.

[Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]