Overnight search continues in Craven County for 3 year old Casey Hathaway

The search for 3-year-old Casey Hathaway continues tonight in Craven County, North Carolina.  The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation to find Casey.  He was reported missing on Jan. 22, 2019, by a relative. 

Casey had been playing outside the home with two other young children (ages 5 & 8) he is related to (sibling and a cousin) and he did not come back inside with them.  A relative in the home searched for Casey and when they were unable to find him, called 911.  Craven County Sheriff’s Deputies responded within minutes.  An intense search began and has expanded by the minute.  Today, hundreds of professional searchers and civilian volunteers walked through rough terrain around the home to try and locate Casey. 

Sheriff Chip Hughes said this afternoon, “Volunteers would soon be sent home for the night due to safety concerns.  Professionally trained searchers will continue to work overnight.” Additional search assets will return in the morning.  Volunteers should meet at the staging area at 8:00 tomorrow morning at New Haven Church located at 2755 Aurora Road, Ernul, North Carolina.  

While on the ground in the area this afternoon, The Onslow Beat was fortunate to talk to several people who live nearby and volunteers from other areas. During one conversation, a source who wishes to remain anonymous alleged that a family member of his had been questioned in the disappearance of Casey Hathaway last night for several hours by law enforcement. During one press conference today, Sheriff Hughes stated there’s no reason to believe otherwise at this time beyond a missing child case.

Anyone living near Toler Road in Ernul, North Carolina, where Casey was last seen should check their own properties to assist us to locate Casey.  Casey is white, with blonde hair and brown eyes.  He weighs 25 pounds and is 28 inches tall. If you see Casey or have information to help us locate him, call the tip line at 252-636-6703 or the Craven County SO at 252-633-0498. 

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