By Monica Land
TOMNOLEN – Authorities in Webster County said a 2-year-old boy disappeared Sunday afternoon and more than 200 people were searching for him as of 10 p.m.
Kye Mitchell was reportedly playing in the front yard of his parents’ house when family members noticed him missing before 2 p.m. Officials said Kye was last seeing wearing a camouflage shirt with a moose on the front and gray sweatpants. Kye has blond hair and brown eyes.
Webster County Fire chief Seth Mitchell, a cousin of the missing youngster, said authorities don’t suspect foul play but that’s a determination the Webster County Sheriff’s Department has to make.
“There’s no evidence of foul play at this point,” Mitchell said. “But I can not confirm that.”
Mitchell said Kye may have been playing alone in the front yard, and didn’t know how long it was since his family last saw him and when they discovered he was missing.
Mitchell as of 10 p.m. Sunday night, the search for Kye was still ongoing. He said highway patrol was searching by means of helicopter why many canvassed the area on food.
“Every fire department in our county is searching as well as the surrounding counties,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been searching a two-mile radius around the house and we haven’t come up with any signs of anything yet.”
Mitchell said the search has been hampered by the amount of thick woods, tall grass and brush in the outlying area of the house.
“It’s pretty rural out here,“ Mitchell said. There are a lot of woods and the briars make it real hard for grownups to get in there. We can’t get into a lot of places that a child might be able to. It’s hard.“
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Webster County Sheriff’s Department at (662) 258-7701.