In the latest update on the missing Noah Chamberlin case, authorities reveal they’ve found evidence that the toddler is still in the woods of Pinson, Tennessee. Search teams have come across something that is giving law enforcement a lot more hope.
“We have some leads that we have recovered,” Madison County Sheriff John Mehr said in a press conference, according to USA Today.
Mehr didn’t give details on what the new evidence is that makes them believe Noah is still out there.
Hundreds of searchers and officials with the FBI and TBI have been looking for Noah Chamberlin, but there hasn’t been any trace of the child until now. At this point in the investigation, authorities don’t suspect an abduction. They’ve interviewed the entire family and have no suspicions of the family members harming the missing toddler.
Updated story on the search for Noah: https://t.co/ofc1XtXKNr
— The Jackson Sun (@JSunNews) January 15, 2016
WREG 3 News did some digging and learned that several registered sex offenders live within a five-mile radius of where Noah disappeared.
Law enforcement is ruling out that sex offenders could have been involved with the Tennessee toddler’s disappearance. It’s now day seven in the search for the missing 2-year-old boy. Last Thursday, he was on a hike with his grandmother and 4-year-old sister in Pinson when he suddenly vanished. His grandmother allegedly lost track of the boy for a few minutes while she tended to his sister.
Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver did say earlier this week that law enforcement searched homes on the state’s sex offender registry as a precaution.
WREG reports that there are eight registered sex offenders on the list are within a five-mile radius of where the boy went missing. When the news source went to one of the sex offender’s homes, the man’s wife answered the door and told them law enforcement never stopped by their house.
The wife was asked if her husband had anything to do with Noah Chamberlin’s disappearance, and she said he’s been at work and can prove he’s been there. She told reporters that sex offenders are the “scapegoats” and that’s “where they go” during investigations because they’re “easy targets.” Regardless of that, no one stopped by their home, she said.
Sheriff Weaver said in a press conference that law enforcement ruled out searching two sex offenders’ homes were because they were wearing GPS devices that tracked their whereabouts at the time Noah Chamberlin went missing. It’s unknown if the house WREG stopped by was one of the homes belonging to the offender wearing a tracking device.
It’s been said all along that deputies don’t believe foul play is involved in Noah’s disappearance and that they’re not treating it like a criminal investigation. Authorities continue classifying this as a search and rescue operation.
Due to harsh wintry conditions, searchers had to exercise extreme caution for safety reasons.
— WREG News Channel 3 (@3onyourside) January 18, 2016
In a separate WREG report, Noah’s parents are identified as Jacob and Destiny Chamberlin. Jacob is a truck driver with Venture Express in Jackson. The company’s manager, Gary Rinks, said under no circumstances does he believe that Jacob is capable of harming his son.
“Jacob is a very Christian young man. He’s very inspirational as far as believing in the good Lord,” Rinks said.
Workers at the company are disgusted that people have spread rumors that they may have anything to do with the missing toddler’s disappearance.
Jacob was in Canton, Mississippi, when he learned that his son disappeared. Destiny had gone to the store and left Noah and his sister in the care of their grandmother, which wasn’t uncommon for her to do.
Noah was reportedly last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt and blue jeans. He is described as being two feet tall and weighing about 25 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. If anyone has seen Noah Chamberlin or has any information on his whereabouts, please call Chester County Sheriff’s Office at (731) 989-2787 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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