Raul Johnson Gonzalez missing: Federal Bureau of Investigation joins search for boy who vanished barefoot

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During the press conference Saturday, officials confirmed that a body was found in the pond, located off Peabridge Road.

The FBI was waiting for a medical examiner to confirm that the body is Raul and to determine a cause of death.

Scotland County authorities have said Raul left his home Wednesday while his grandfather was babysitting him. "I thought maybe he was just hiding because he likes to hide, but he never stays gone this long".

Kersey said Thursday evening that crews were transitioning from search and rescue to an "investigative approach", adding that the SBI and Federal Bureau of Investigation were joining the search.

Sheriff Ralph Kersey has said Raul went to the home of a neighbor, who told him to go home.

A desperate search has been launched for a four-year-old boy who wandered from his North Carolina home barefoot.

"I said, 'Baby, what do you want?' He still wouldn't say nothing, so I said, 'If you're not going to say what you want, go back home to your papa, '" Stubbs said.

The child was last seen wearing a tiger-striped shirt with tigers on it and white trousers with rocket ships.

The FBI said that Raul's family has been notified.

Search teams scoured the area around his home Friday and the North Carolina state highway patrol set up roadblocks to canvass drivers.

More than 200 personnel and 100 volunteers have been searching a 2-mile radius surrounding Raul's Laurinburg home, Kersey said.

"There was an individual last night that for whatever reason, posted a picture on Snapchat that he had been located and was safe", Sadovnikov said.

"We've got trained people out there, they've come from all over North and SC, and hopefully this will be over soon", Kersey said.

"Until we get something that indicates that there's no hope. we'll continue to do what we're doing now", Kersey said.

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