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Jacob Lake, AZ – On Thursday, August 6, 2015 at approximately 5:30 pm the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a missing 5 year-old boy at an unimproved campsite located approximately 12 miles south of Jacob Lake in the area of Highway 67 off of Forest Service Road 241.
Throughout the night and through Friday, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from agencies throughout the state responded. Unfortunately searchers were dealing with heavy rains and winds estimated at 40 plus mph which created extremely muddy conditions and small windows for the use of aircraft to assist. The weather today has improved significantly and allowed for the use of more air resources. There are approximately 300-350 searchers in the field.
The missing child is from Colorado City and there has been huge support from the community in Colorado City in assisting with this search. In addition to assisting on search teams, members of the community have been preparing meals for the responders.
Personnel from many agencies have been assisting the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, including: Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Mohave County Search and Rescue, US Forest Service law enforcement and fire crews, National Park Service law enforcement, AZ Game and Fish law enforcement, Coconino County CERT teams, Page Rural CERT teams, Nellis US Air Force Base, National Guard Blackhawk and Special Forces, AZ Department of Public Safety troopers and Air Rescue, Bureau of Land Management personnel and dog teams, and Civil Air Patrol.
Jerold Joseph Williams is a white male, 5 years of age, approximately 3’6” in height, and weighing approximately 35 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair cut very short. Jerold’s mother described him as having a thin build and a light complexion. Jerold had visible facial abrasions and was last seen wearing a gray or tan shirt size (4) and a pair of blue jean pants size (4) and hiking boots size (12) and white long handled underwear. Anyone with information regarding the possible location of Jerold Williams is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office.
We extend our gratitude to all those who have volunteered and who have expressed their willingness to volunteer. We have been able to integrate many volunteers into this search mission, and at this time we are not requesting additional volunteers. We are taking names and information from those who would like to be on a list in the event we need to request additional resources. You can leave your information at 928-226-5012. Thank you for your cooperation and for all the well wishes for a good outcome.
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Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-699-3721