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Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: March 16, 2006
Missing Date: July 17, 2016
Age Now: 10
Missing City: Buckeye
Missing State: Arizona
Case Number: NCMEC1272890
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Buckeye, Arizona Police say Jesse was last seen at approximately 9:30 p.m. in his room in the area of 239th Avenue and Twilight Trail.
Circumstances of Disappearance: According to police, Jesse exited his home through his bedroom window. Neighbors and his mother reported that he would often slip out of his house for walks, but has never stayed out for an extended period.
“No one is mad at you,” Jesse’s mother Crystal Wilson said last month, The Arizona Republic reported. “I just miss your loving, caring, sweet ways.”
Jesse’s school, the Bradley Academy of Excellence in Goodyear, has become a resource for the boy’s family as the search continues. They’ve lined the route from his house to the school with yellow ribbons and have decorated the front of the school.
“Jesse, we are looking for you, to you, to return home to us. We love you,” said Belinda Knox, the family service director at Jesse’s school. “But Jessie, we just want you to come home, baby.”
His mother has described him as a sweet boy who was well-known at his school. At home, Jesse had a dog that he really wanted and it was his responsibility to feed his pet.
Police have conducted extensive searches of the area and a nearby park with the help of volunteers. So many volunteers came out over the course of two days under extremely hot weather conditions, that an area that would have taken police a week to search by themselves was covered.
“We are still out there looking for Jesse and have not stopped,” Sgt. Jason Weeks told NewsOne.
Police are continuing the search over areas of rough terrain via the air and are asking for area residents to be alert to any sightings and to share Jesse’s photo over social media.
The FBI is also involved in the investigation. Weeks said foul play has not been ruled out as of yet.
Last Seen Wearing: Jesse was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, and black socks.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.
Anyone with information regarding the circumstances of disappearance or whereabouts of Jesse Wilson may contact the Buckeye Police Department at (623) 349-6411 or by email at email@example.com. Police only want tips sent to this telephone number or email. You may also contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.