Two year old lad who went missing from his custodial mother's tent at northern Arizona campsite Sunday. Lad was first discovered to be missing at about 1.45am. Complicated case, as are all American cases it seems.
Custodial mother, Christina Priem, says "I do feel like someone took him," "because ... they can't find his body." She also said there was a "Mexican man" near the campsite who bothered her.
It has been nearly five days since anyone has seen Syler Newton, a 2-year-old boy who vanished from a northern Arizona campsite on Sunday. But authorities say they are not yet ready to give up hope.
"It is still a search-and-rescue effort," Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn told AOL News. "[There have been] cases where there is survivability up to 96 hours, and we're right in that territory. There is no plan to terminate the search."
Syler had been on a camping trip with Christina Priem and members of her family at the Beaver Creek Campgrounds, about 50 miles south of Flagstaff. He was discovered missing from their tent about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
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Syler Newton, 2, was last seen at a campground in Arizona on Sunday.
Temperatures in the area since Syler went missing have averaged in the upper 70s. The summer heat, combined with high humidity, has made the search difficult. And the clock is ticking.
"A lot depends on [a child's] physical health, the terrain, predators [mountain lions, bears and coyotes] and the weather," says Gary Peterson, former deputy director of Texas EquuSearch, a missing-person search-and-recovery group. "Young children like that can be pretty resilient."
According to Peterson, small children are typically found within a mile of where they were last seen, often in a place where they can crawl in for shelter.
Sheriff's deputies, along with search-and-rescue personnel and assisting units from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, today expanded their search grid beyond the initial five-mile sweep around the campsite. Aerial searches are being conducted over a broad area, and dive teams are checking local waterways.
"We keep hoping to find a scent pattern or some evidence as to where he might be," D'Evelyn said. " Even if it's well outside the normal range, you would expect to find a 2-year-old who has wandered off."
As the search continues, the investigation has become more intense. In addition to conducting multiple interviews with individuals at the campground, authorities have completed a canvass of local sex offenders. None was found to have any involvement in the child's disappearance, D'Evelyn said.
Investigators are also continuing to interview Priem and other family members, whom they've described as "cooperative." Polygraph examinations for the family members involved in the case were scheduled for Monday, but results have not yet been released.
Priem told police she was in the process of legally adopting Syler. While detectives have yet to verify that claim, Syler's biological mother, Charity Newton, has reportedly said she wanted Priem to raise her son so he could have a better life.
Speaking with ABC15 Phoenix Wednesday, Newton said she is worried about her son's safety. "I have moments of hope and then moments of sheer terror," she said.
Syler's biological father has also been identified, but police are still trying to locate him.
Meanwhile, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau are continuing to examine property and vehicles that were recovered from the campsite. The vehicles are a Toyota Camry and a Toyota Corolla, which belong to Priem and her mother, Nancy Collins, respectively.
D'Evelyn says he expects more details about the case to be released in the coming days.
"If we had some indication he has been taken or where he is, obviously we wouldn't be out here," D'Evelyn said. "They're evaluating all this day by day, but as it stands now, the search will continue."
A 2-year-old boy reported missing from Beaver Creek Campground late last month is presumed dead, and the case has now turned into a criminal investigation, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
The Sheriff's Office announced at a Monday news conference that investigators do not believe the boy, Sylar Newton, wandered off of his own volition.
The tot was last seen wearing only a diaper on the night of Saturday, July 24, at the campground near Rimrock, where he was camping with his custodial mother and her family. His disappearance has stumped searchers.
"It's heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking," said Jeff Newnum, the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's search-and-rescue team.
Though the Sheriff's Office scaled back some of its search operations Saturday, it is still conducting a "limited continuous search" and will pursue any leads from the public about the boy's fate.
Based on evidence at the scene, Sheriff's investigators believe he was taken from the campsite, but they are uncertain whether he was dead or alive when taken, officials said.
However, they made clear that they believe the boy is now dead because they couldn't find any trace of him near the campsite, and if he wandered away, statistics suggest someone that age has a slim chance of surviving past the first 96 hours.
Investigators have not found any credible leads after a nine-day search of landfills and dumpsters around the campsite. Divers and helicopters monitored the campground, and detectives interviewed Verde Valley-area sex offenders and searched their homes, but found no leads. Even bloodhounds were used to search the campground to no avail.
Investigators continue to interview people, including family members, about the boy's disappearance, but say they have not yet identified any suspects in the case.
The Sheriff's Office encouraged anyone with information on the toddler's disappearance to call 928-771-3260 or the Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/08/02/20100802flagstaff-missing-boy-believed-dead.html#ixzz0vV0egvdD
Sylar Newton update: Authorities say Sylar is dead, was he ever at the campground?
As authorities say they believe Sylar Newton is dead and the search for the missing 2-year-old has become a recovery effort, questions have been raised as to whether Sylar was ever at the campground in the first place. There are many questions surrounding Sylar’s case beginning with custody and why he was with Christina Priem in the first place. There was no court ordered arrangement giving Christian custody of Sylar. Sources say that her story of the events that transpired the night Sylar went missing does not make sense.
For someone to have taken Sylar from the Beaver Creek campground, they would have needed to open the tent and remove Sylar while two adults and another child was sleeping. Authorities have not said they believe he was abducted by a stranger, but they do believe he was taken and did not wander out of the tent and get lost in the campground.
Was Sylar Newton ever at the campground to begin with?
The investigation continues but authorities with the Yavapai Sheriff’s Office have said they believe Sylar is dead based on evidence they have obtained. Authorities are not releasing that evidence to the public.
It is most perplexing when the parents start to helpfully predict an outcome for their missing offspring.
Priem saying that she feels he has been taken because they cannot find the body is quite disturbing. Where does the parent of a missing child find hope these days. Whenever my own children and animals have gone missing, we have invariably found them in airing cupboards or playing in the woods. Never once has one found a child missing and jumped straight to the conclusion that they must be in the clutches of a paedophile gang or that they have been murdered.
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@aiyoyo wrote:Well, tent and campgroud are not in the mccanns dictionary, hence no mad rush to link themselves!
I thought camping is the 'latest' activity for the middle class families..well it is if Jamie Oliver's new advert is to be believed. Buy a few goodies from Sainsbury's finest range, pitch a few tents, get the kids asleep, then spend the evening getting pissed with your pals in the garden.
edited to amend more than usual appalling use of the English language
Human remains found in a wash less than two miles from the Beaver Creek Campground are believed to be those of 2-year-old Sylar Newton.
Sylar has been missing since July 25.
According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the skeletal remains were found in the bottom of a wash and likely came to rest in this area due to recent flash flooding.
At this time, the remains are believed to be that of Sylar Newton, but final confirmation is still pending. YCSO received the call regarding this discovery just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.
YCSO detectives, assisted by FBI agents and a forensic anthropologist, are currently conducting an on scene criminal investigation as they recover the body.
Sylar was at the camp site with his custodial mother, Christine Priem of Flagstaff. According to the police report, Priem, her mother Nancy Collins, 57, and Christina's 12-year-old daughter were sleeping in the same tent as the boy at the time of his disappearance in the middle of the night. In an adjacent tent were Christina's 14-year old son and a 14-year-old friend.
Been looking online and I cant find anything.
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