Oct. 5, 2000, is a day Donna Myers relives over and over again. It is the day her grandson, Tristen Buddy Myers, vanished.
"There's not a day that goes by I don't think about it," she said. "Put it in the Lord's hands and do a lot of praying and hoping."
Last month, the Myers family had plenty of reason to hope because investigators told them an abandoned boy in Chicago could be Buddy, but DNA tests proved they were different boys.
"It was hard because we really thought the boy in Chicago was him," Myers said.
"The detective came in and started normal conversation and then slipped it into the conversation, so we would not get it all at one time," said Crystal Richmond, Myers' aunt.
"We really had our hopes up," Myers said.
"And then he said the DNA tests were zero to zero," Richmond said. "And then we kind of all gathered around and broke [down]."
Today, the TV cameras are gone, but in the vacuum of the national spotlight, the Myers family is still searching for their boy. Some of the states where the FBI is pursuing leads include Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Florida and California.
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