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One Month Later, Authorities Still Look For Clues In Case of Missing Boy

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SAMPSON COUNTY — It has been almost a month since Buddy Myers vanished from his home in Sampson County. The official search is over, but investigators and the 4-year-old's family and friends are not giving up hope.

Weeks have gone by, and the volunteer searchers are gone, but the family of Buddy Myers continues to look for their little boy.

"We just want to make sure his picture is on television as often as possible because I know somebody out there knows where he is," says Donna Myers, Buddy's aunt.

Buddy and his two dogs disappeared Oct. 5 from their Sampson County home. The dogs returned days later without the 4-year-old boy.

With 1,700 manhours spent searching the woods near the Myers' home, detectives have tracked down hundreds of tips and rumors. Sampson County Sheriff Buck McCullen says one month after the disappearance of Buddy Myers, there are still no solid leads.

"It's completely frustrating. It's gotten to the point I dream about this case," says the sheriff. "We won't give up. We'll keep trying to do our best."

This week, Myers' family sent hundreds of thank you notes, acknowledging all the hard work. Through local newspapers, his aunt has made a personal plea to the public to keep their eye out for Buddy.

"I believe he'll come home," she says.

The 4-year-old's relatives believe he was kidnapped and did not wander into the woods. The sheriff does not know what to think.

Life is now moving painfully slow for the Myers family. They are back at work, but still working hard to find Buddy.

The trucking company where John Myers is employed is sending out flyers with every driver, leaving them at rest stops all over the United States.

"We are still trying to search for him and hope," says truck driver Lynn White. "That's the main reason, keep the hope going."

Three of Buddy's relatives have taken lie detector tests. The sheriff says they are not considered suspects.

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Melissa Buscher, Reporter
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