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By Erin Smith

A search in Craven County for a missing 3-year old boy resumed at 8 a.m. Thursday. The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into Casey Hathaway’s disappearance.

According to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, Casey was playing outside his grandmother’s house on Toler Road near Ernul, NC, with two other children who are relatives and did not come back inside the house with the others. When Casey did not come back inside, a relative at the house searched for him and then called 911 to report him missing.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office posted on their Facebook, “Today, hundreds of professional searchers and volunteers walked through rough terrain around the home to try and locate Casey. Volunteers were sent home for the night due to safety concerns.”

Professional searchers continued searching overnight, according to Craven County Sheriff’s Office. According to WCTI, New Bern Police, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, members of the US Marine Corps and members of the Craven County Sheriff’s Office have joined more than 500 to 600 volunteer searchers.

Casey is described as weighing 25 pounds and standing 28 inches tall.

If you have any information regarding Casey Hathaway’s whereabouts, you are asked to call the tip line at 252-636-6703 or the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-633-0498.