2-year-old Noah Chamberlin found: 'It was just a tragic accident'
Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver announced that search crews found the body of 2-year-old Noah Chamberlin, who went missing January 14.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers spent countless hours searching for Noah, who went missing while walking with his grandmother and sister in the woods near his home in Pinson, Tennessee.
"We have found Noah Chamberlin. He was located about 1.5 miles from the home where he went missing from. The family has been notified," Sheriff Weaver said through tears during the news conference.
The search leaders said they found Noah's body after expanding their search area.
"This is an area we expanded our search into. Every day we expanded our search farther and farther," Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner said. "This was an area that was on the outskirts of what we had searched, and we were back searching it for the second time. It was right on the borderline of where we had been searching and we expanded our search farther."
Sheriff Weaver and Madison County Sheriff John Mehr believe Noah's death is a tragic accident.
"Just like grandma said, she turned her head for a minute and he was gone. There were trails everywhere," Weaver said.
"Everybody we talked to talked about how he ran all the time, jumped over tables, ran, just nonstop," Mehr added. "He loved to hide. We had people tell us that even adults would run after him, and they couldn't catch him."
The family's pastor wanted volunteers to know how much their efforts are appreciated.
"The family wants you to know--all the volunteers and the countless hours that everybody searched, so many people that donated whether it be food, drink, batteries, everything--they just said they wanted to make sure everybody knew how much they appreciated that," he said. "They want Noah's life to be honored in the fact that he brought a community together."
"They are a very faith-oriented family, and it's remarkable to see their faith in God," Mehr explained. "It's tough. It makes us look at our own. So, just, think about the family and pray for them."
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