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Missing boy found unharmed

Posted May 20, 2008

— A 3-year-old boy who disappeared from a Smithfield flea market on Sunday was found unharmed early Tuesday, authorities said.

Police withheld details concerning where Siraj Munir Davenport, also known as Roji, was found or who located him.

The boy's mother told police she was loading produce into her car Sunday morning at Brightleaf Flea Market and that when she looked up, Roji was gone.

Roji's mother, Rosa, spent most of Monday talking with local and federal investigators. Smithfield Police Chief Steve Gillikin had said the mother was not a suspect in the boy's disappearance. The boy's father reportedly was out of the country at the time.

Local, state and federal investigators searched Sunday and Monday for Roji. It was unclear what brought federal authorities into a missing-child case.

"Every minute that goes by is another minute we don't know where the kid is," Gillikin had said Monday. "We're doing everything we can to find him and looking for a positive ending."

Gillikin said police followed all leads and looked into all possibilities about what might have caused Roji to disappear.

"I think it's too early to say it's an abduction," Gillikin had said Monday. "I mean, the kid disappeared, and there are lots of cases where kids wander off or walk into the woods or different areas."

A candlelight vigil for Roji, for whom state authorities issued an Amber Alert on Sunday, was held Monday night. People gathered at the Barbour's Grove Park in Four Oaks to pray for his safe return.

Police canceled the Amber Alert at 12:27 a.m. Tuesday.


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  • haggis basher May 20, 2008

    "athiests are funny."
    A sense of humour is a requirement for the task :)
    If religious folks could see how silly their beliefs are they'd laugh too.

  • Eduardo1 May 20, 2008

    duh! do the police, FBI, etc know who filed tis false report?

  • diver May 20, 2008

    athiests are funny..

  • haggis basher May 20, 2008

    "it always seems that people like him don't call on God until they "need" him."
    Says who? Another myth put out by the religious. (Google "atheists in foxholes" if you don't believe me.) Since its been proven that prayer NEVER works any better than simple probability (Google "why god won't heal amputees if you need proof)even if there was some "higher" being out there, he/she/it does nothing so its pretty pointless thing to do.

  • haggis basher May 20, 2008

    Thank God he was found and unharmed...

    This really is pathetic. Law enforcement and good hearted people searched for this missing child and if he had really been taken its them we would have to thank not some stone mythical "God". If he had drowned, as many Children do, then your God stood by and allowed it to happen, If he had been abducted by a child molester, your god stood by and watched him do it and then watched while the child was molested and watched while he was murdered. If "God" can't protect a three year old child then he really is an absolutely worthless contemptible deity. People are capable of great good and great evil and thats it.Gods are a ridiculous hangover from an age of great ignorance.

  • Joe Blow May 20, 2008

    Told you so. And you are correct that I am a NON believer. I don't believe in fiction. If by chance there is a heaven and a h ell, I'd rather go to h ell with the people who lived their lives to the fullest then be stuck in heaven with a bunch of up tight people I didn't care for here on earth. There I said it.

  • Redneck_Bob May 20, 2008

    Whoever is responsible, should be made to pay for all the expenses that were wasted on this effort. That person/persons should have to rot in jail. Things like this make it harder when there is a REAL incident!

  • CestLaVie May 20, 2008

    tarheelalum: God isn't held accountable for anything; we are.

  • original intent May 20, 2008

    liar..liar..pants on fire??

  • canes06 May 20, 2008

    HAHAHA. To the poster who said this was a hoax and not about God. You are correct.. lol