AMBER ALERT Issued for 3 Year Old Dominick Arceneaux Missing Since Feb 10, 2009 in Ouachita County, Arkansas (Kidnapping / Abduction) (UPDATE: Body Found)
A Morgan Nick Amber Alert was issued late Tuesday (02/10/09) for 3 year old Dominick Wesley Arceneaux in Arkansas. The Ouachita County Sheriff Department are considering three possibilities: the boy fell in the lake, he wandered off and got lost in the woods, or he was kidnapped. However, authorities are leaning toward the possibility that Dominick Wesley Arceneaux was kidnapped from his Chidester home Tuesday afternoon.
Dominick Wesley Arceneaux Description:
- white with a dark complexion
- 3 feet tall
- 38 pounds
- brown eyes
- short brown hair
- The child was wearing a pair of blue jean shorts with red stitching on the pockets
For nearly six hours Wednesday, the Game and Fish dive team searched the shoreline of White Oak Lake. Arceneaux was last seen behind his family’s mobile home, which is only 50 feet away from the lake.
Sheriff David Norwood say he was playing with the family dog and his wheelbarrow around two o’clock Tuesday afternoon. He went inside to remove his shoes and five minutes later, his mother and aunt, who were inside the home, heard silence. They went outside and discovered the boy had vanished.
If anyone has any information regarding missing Dominick Wesley Arceneaux, please contact the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 837-2200.
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UPDATE I: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children get involved in missing 3 year old Arkansas Boy case.
Local, state and federal agents, along with members of the National Guard and volunteers, have joined the hunt for the boy — but without success.
Sheriff David Norwood said Friday afternoon there was still no hint of what may have happened to the toddler.
“We’re following anything we can,” Norwood said. “It would be different if we knew he’d been kidnapped, where you can take your efforts away from searching the lake, searching the woods. You could focus on finding a car or whatever other clues were available.”
The Arkansas National Guard has designed a grid search of 60 soldiers to blanket the area, Norwood said.
The issue may not be so much that the bar was closed at the time Dominick Arceneaux went missing, but the individuals who may have previously frequented the bar and previously saw the 3 year old boy.
Dominick’s grandmother, Martha Cortez, who drove in from Louisiana earlier this week, said she is suspicious of the bar near the family’s trailer. The Wild Horse Saloon is owned by her sister and brother-in-law. The bar gave her a bad feeling.
“I just feel like – something right there – at that barroom,” Cortez said without finishing her thought.
Jack Mitchell, who owns the bar, said earlier this week that it was closed Monday and Tuesday.
Searchers on Wednesday found the body of a 3-year-old Chidester boy missing for more than a week, only a few hundred feet down the shoreline from where his mother kept an anxious vigil on White Oak Lake.
Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood told The Associated Press that rescuers found the body of Dominick Arceneaux, barefoot and clad in blue jean shorts, floating in the water around 11:45 a.m. Dominick’s body rested on the water only 10 feet from the shore, Norwood said.
Dominick’s body was taken to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for an autopsy.