Police Release 911 Tapes Reporting Missing Tot
As the search continued Sunday (Aug. 1) for Sylar Newton, a Flagstaff, Ariz., boy missing for a week from a Beaver Creek Campground, authorities released two 911 calls reporting that the 2-year-old had disappeared, the Prescott Daily Courier reported.
In the first 911 call, which came to the Sedona Fire Department around 2 a.m. this past Sunday, a female voice can be heard saying, “We’re out in Beaver Creek. My friend’s mom, well, his brother is gone. We can’t find him.” The dispatcher tells the caller to hold the line while the call is switched to the sheriff’s communication center, then the call drops off.
A second 911 call, from the campground host, comes to the sheriff’s communication center a half hour later. In that call, the host asks the dispatcher if they’ve gotten a report of a missing 2-year-old boy.
The dispatcher asked the man if he found a boy and he told her there is a boy missing at the campground in Beaver Creek.
“They told me they already called,” the camp host said. Then, in response to questions from the dispatcher, the man replies that he did not know what the child was wearing or the toddler’s mother’s name, but said that he believed the boy “walked away.”
“We’re out looking for him,” he said. Sheriff’s deputies then arrived at 3 a.m.
Sylar went to the campgrounds with his custodial mother, Christina Priem, 36, her two children, a family friend and Priem’s mother, Nancy Collins, 57. Priem last saw Sylar, who wore only a diaper, around 12:30 a.m. July 25 as he slept in a tent. She discovered that he was missing around 1:45 a.m. and began looking for him.
In the ensuing days searchers have scoured the area near the campground with helicopters, bloodhounds, horseback riders and ATVs. Divers have checked the creek and pools. Other campers were interviewed. The FBI has been brought into the investigation and area sex offenders were questioned.
Sheriff Steve Waugh will hold a news conference today at the Yavapai County courthouse in Camp Verde to give an update on the search, according to Dwight D’Evelyn, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.