Missing Person North Carolina Raul Johnson
UPDATE 1/28/18 – A child’s body has been found in a pond. Although not positively identified, it is likely Raul. The police are stating it looks to be an accident. The FBI said the body was found as workers were draining a pond off a road less than one mile from the boy’s home in Laurinburg on Saturday at around 1:45 p.m.
An Amber Alert for Raul Johnson, 4, has been activated after he went missing from Laurinburg, North Carolina. Laurinburg is southwest of Fayetteville. Raul was last seen in his home on Crestline Road. His mother, Annie told the media that Raul got into an argument with his sister and walked outside and went next door to a neighbor who he regularly visits for cookies and candy. He was told to return home, but he did not. Authorities are stating he was last seen on Village Drive “traveling on foot toward Crestline Road in Laurinburg.”
Raul’s grandfather who was watching him called 911 when he couldn’t locate Raul. Annie, Raul’s mother was at work at the time. Raul’s father, Carlos Gonzales, is currently under a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer hold since Sept. 2017. He was arrested on seven counts of child molestation.
Annie called the Pre-K school God’s Little Angels to see if he had gone there, according to social media. Additionally, the staff stated that Raul had been absent from the preschool that day.
Raul is described 3 feet tall, weighing 38 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white-and-orange tiger-striped shirt with tigers on it and white pants with rocket ships printed on them.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, and 300 volunteers have joined the search for Raul and a dive team searched a pond near Village Drive. Nothing was found. Detective Sgt. Jessica Sadovnikov with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said search dogs picked up a scent. The scent was picked up three miles down the road, then again a quarter-mile from there to a barn in the woods. The boy’s scent was lost at the barn. Det. Sadovnikow who knows the family told the Laurinburg Exchange that Raul would wander the property but never left.