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Myers Family Plants 'Tree Of Hope' For Buddy

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ROSEBORO, N.C. — Relatives of Tristen "Buddy" Myers have planted a tree as a symbol of hope that the boy will be found.

The tree was planted over the weekend, hours after the results of a DNA test showed that a boy in Chicago named Eli Quick was not Buddy.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the test results were announced Friday, Donna Myers said people can watch the freshly lanted Cherokee Dogwood tree grow and think of Buddy.

"It's a tree of hope," Myers, Buddy's great aunt,"said Monday. "We're going to watch it grow, as we know Tristen is growing right now."

Myers, who was Buddy's guardian when he disappeared from her home in 2000, said people should keep their eyes and ears open because she knows her nephew is out there somewhere.

She also said that, despite the DNA results, a small part of her still wonders if Eli is Buddy.

Myers said that after Friday's news, things will never be back to normal. And family spokeswoman Jackie Jacobs said the efforts to find Buddy are back to square one.

But Myers said no one in the family is giving up hope.

"I was really disappinted that (Eli) wasn't Tristen," she said. "But now I know that his (Buddy's) picture is out there nationwide, and that actually has given us more hope that he'll be seen and somebody will come forward."


Valonda Calloway, Reporter
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