Search Continues For Missing Toddler In 'Recovery Mode'
by: Bill Stamps, March 30, 2012 12:03:00 am
EquuSearch volunteers line up a few feet apart and when given the order, they march into a mosquito infested swamp looking for two-year-old Devin Davis who was last seen on Tuesday.
They walk until the brush prevents them from going any further. Then they come back. They line up about another five yards down the road and repeat the whole process all over again.
Dennis Waters is a volunteer who flew in from St. Louis to help with the search. Waters spent the morning combing a nearby stream with sonar equipment.
"Unfortunately, my part of this search is suspended. I’ve cleared all the water I can clear that’s in a reasonable walking distance of a small child. I’ve done all I can do, but the EquuSearch team is ongoing, they’re committed to this search until something else develops."
Waters says as a volunteer searcher, he’s helped recover 62 bodies in the past seven years. In this, he says he doesn’t believe it’s necessary to look very far downstream.
"I just don’t feel like there’s enough current to move a small child past the first log that he would’ve hit."
Tim Miller is the head of EquuSearch. He says the reality has sunk in for his crew that the goal of their search efforts has now changed.
"Very Very frustrating. I know that we hope for that miracle that I truly do not believe is going to happen, that Devon is going to come back alive. I truly don’t think that is going to happen. This morning I think we all agreed that we are in recovery move. That’s very very sad. We take this very serious very personal."
The boy’s mom April Davis, told authorities that she last saw her son when she put him and his one-year-old sister down for a nap about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. He hasn’t been seen since. Miller says he spoke with Davis briefly.
"And I hugged her neck and I said, 'Is today any better for you?' And she said, 'Every moment gets worse.'"
The EquuSearch volunteers say if little Devin is out there, they’ll find him. And while authorities maintain they don’t suspect foul play, the fact that they are looking in places a two-year-old couldn’t possibly walk to means they are literally leaving no stone unturned in this case.