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Nearly 600 volunteers joined the FBI, state officials, and U.S. marines in the frantic search for a three-year-old boy who vanished in North Carolina earlier this week.
Three-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway went missing around 1pm on Tuesday in the backyard of his grandmother's house in Ernul, a rural community ringed by forests and swamps.
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By Wednesday nearly 600 volunteers and trained professionals joined the massive search effort to find him and authorities called in divers to search surrounding ponds and lakes.
Casey was last seen playing with two other children and his grandmother realized he was missing when the two kids returned inside the house without him on Tuesday.
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The grandmother then called 911 after searching for him with other family members but failed to find any trace of the toddler after 45 minutes.
Craven County Sheriff's Deputies responded within minutes and the search has only grown since then.
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The FBI and U.S. Marine Corps from nearby bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point joined the search effort on Wednesday, Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughs announced the second day of the search.
The search effort stretched through Wednesday starting at 7.30am with around 400 to 500 volunteers until it was called off 9.30pm, according to WCTI.
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'The terrain was woods. It was thick in places. Some places it wasn't that thick, but we took our time and you see the next person, and you look and you look and you look,' volunteer Max Dudley said to ABC.
'You have so many people volunteering from our community and surrounding areas because they were putting themselves in the shoes of the family. What would happen if that was one of their children? It's just amazing to see everyone come together to help,' youth pastor Jonathan Ipock said....
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