Search continues for missing 6-year-old boy

The Vermont State Police released this update last night around 11:30 p.m.:

SUNDERLAND – On November 24, 2012 at approximately 2:45PM the Vermont State Police received a call regarding a missing child, identified as Joseph “Jo Jo” McCray  age 6 of Arlington, was last seen today at 1 p.m. Jo Jo went hunting with his family in the wooded area off US Route 7, Exit 3, Sunderland. When they entered the woods, the family spread out and Jo Jo went off by himself. He did not meet up at the arranged time or place.

Jo Jo does not have any known medical conditions. Jo Jo is not an experienced hunter and is not familiar with the area. He was not carrying a cell phone nor radio and he did not have a firearm while hunting.

He is described as a white male, 4’6” tall, 60 lbs with short dark blonde hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing camouflage coveralls, red plaid jacket, and maroon winter hat. A photo is attached; his hair no longer has the red that is depicted in the photo.

Members from the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue, Fish and Game, Vermont State Police K9 unit, and local fire departments have been notified and are assisting in the search. A Customs and Border Protection air and marine unit helicopter is on scene to assist in the search. Search efforts will continued throughout the night.

The Vermont State Police encourage anyone that may have seen Jo Jo or has information regarding his whereabouts to please call the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421.

12 Responses to Search continues for missing 6-year-old boy

  1. Praying for his safe return

  2. The parents should be investigated and/or arrested for stupidity.

    • @whiteoaks my wife, and myself too, would not let our young kids out of our site, period, at Shaw’s or the rec, the mall, , or wherever , they need their hands slapped at the minimum, I have been lost in the woods hunting  as an adult, and it is a scary feeling, cannot imagine a 6 year old kid poor guy..

  3. “Jo Jo is not an experienced hunter and is not familiar with the area. He was not carrying a cell phone….”… the question that begs to be asked is…why would family members allow a 6 year old with no hunting experience, no familiarity with the area, and no means of communication to wander by himself in the woods. I pray that he is found safe and healthy and then  the authorities should proceed with an investigation of any family member of age that allowed this to happen.

    • @thinking outloud you are dead on, my wife and I discussed this at length, hate to say, this is borderline child abuse, or worse.  My dad took my hunting when I was 12 years old, taught me safety and the ropes, and did not let me go out on my own for two years.   A six year old kid should not be out in the woods, in late fall/early winter, or anytime really. Stupid.

  4. Very sad, I pray for his safe return. The way he got was lost makes no sense.

  5. How could the parents allow a young boy go off on his own lke that.  I just heard for the second time the helicopter going over head in the help for the search for him.  I hope the find safe!

  6. He’s been found.

  7. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THIS CUTE LITTLE ANGEL IS FOUND. WHEN MY BOYS WERE SMALL, THEY USED TO GO HUNTING WITH THEIR DAD, BUT WE ALWAYS KNEW THEIR WHEREABOUTS AT ALL TIMES IN THE WOODS. ESPECIALLY AT THATYOUNG AGE. LETS ALL PRAY FOR HIS SAFE RETURN.

  8. First off I’M glad the boy was found safe! Now the real issue,what kind of parents let their 6 year old wander around the woods alone during hunting season. A pre- arranged meeting place give me a break, the kid should have had an adult with him at all times.

  9. i AM GLAD THAT HE WAS FOUND. THE LORD WATCHED OVER HIS LITTLE ANGEL. THIS IS SOMETHING TO GIVE PRAISE TO THE LORD  AND GIVE THANKS THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKENED.

  10. I AM VERY OVERLY PROTECTIVE OF YOUNG CHILDREN. I WATCH THE NANCY GRACE PRIMETIME. I KNOW THAT IT IS NOT AROUND HERE BUT YOU HEAR OF KIDNAPPINGS, RAPE, MURDERS OF YOUNG GIRLS OR BOYS. CHILD PREDATORS STRIKE ANYWHERE ANYTIME.especially the woods at night, i would be scared to deATH, SAY NOTHING OF A YOUNG CHILD. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IS OUT THERE EITHER A WILD ANIMAL, OR WHATEVER. THANK GOD HE IS OKAY.

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