Sampson County Sheriff's Major John Hayes says a nurse in Idaho thought a boy who came in for medical treatment was Buddy Myers.
Buddy, who just turned five, disappeared from his Sampson County home in October.
The nurse read about his case in a magazine.
Hayes says by working with the FBI in Idaho, investigators were able to determine the boy was not Buddy.
Reports of a sighting in Johnston County last week also turned out to be the wrong boy.