Arizona Search for Tot Enters Third Day

July 28, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

The search for a missing 2-year-old Flagstaff, Ariz., boy who disappeared from a campsite continued for a third day Tuesday (July 27), The Arizona Republic reported.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will continue to search throughout the day with assistance from search and rescue personnel and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office deputies, said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

The FBI also is helping in the search, said Todd Polley, a spokesman from the FBI Tucson Office.

Ground teams are being joined by at least five bloodhounds searching for signs of the missing boy’s scent and divers looking in the nearby water pools, D’Evelyn said.

“The first priority is to find Syler, which is the mission of the massive search effort under way with no resource being spared,” D’Evelyn said. “The second prong to our work is comprised of an extensive investigation into the incident, the parties involved, and anything else that might shed light on Syler’s disappearance.”

The boy is believed to have wandered from Beaver Creek Campgrounds, and there is no indication he was taken, authorities said.

He went to the campgrounds Friday with his custodial family, Christina Priem, 37, her two children, and her mother, Nancy Collins. He was reported missing early Sunday.

The family members have been cooperative with the investigation, D’Evelyn said. Authorities learned Syler had been in the care of Priem for several months, he said, adding she was in the process of adopting the boy. Authorities also have spoken with the boy’s biological mother, who lives out of state. No further details were immediately available.


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