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Search continues for missing 3-year-old in Toledo

Braylen Noble was last seen Friday, September 4.
A large crowd is searching for missing 3-year-old, Braylen Noble in Toledo.
A large crowd is searching for missing 3-year-old, Braylen Noble in Toledo.(WTVG)
Published: Sep. 5, 2020 at 9:25 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Still no sign of little Braylen Noble, and no indication of what may have led to his disappearance, as a community continues unite in a desperate search for the missing 3-year-old boy.

Braylen Noble is a missing 3-year-old in Toledo. Authorities are searching for the child Friday, Sept. 4.
Braylen Noble is a missing 3-year-old in Toledo. Authorities are searching for the child Friday, Sept. 4.(WTVG)

According to police, Braylen’s mother called 911 Friday afternoon and initially told dispatchers her son fell from a third floor window at Hunter’s Ridge Apartment Complex on Gibraltar Heights Dr. Once outside, she said the boy was nowhere to be found.

Toledo Police and Toledo Fire and Rescue scoured the apartment complex Friday evening. They used K9 officers in an attempt to track down the boy. A dive team could also be seen checking the murky waters of an unused swimming pool. Officers on foot combed through a nearby wooded area. Investigators also used a drone to get a look from above before the search was suspended for the evening.

3-year Braylen Noble remains missing. The non-verbal child was last was seen wearing a long-sleeved red and white Mickey Mouse shirt Friday afternoon.
3-year Braylen Noble remains missing. The non-verbal child was last was seen wearing a long-sleeved red and white Mickey Mouse shirt Friday afternoon.(Jack Bassett)

Saturday, volunteers returned to the apartment complex, then fanned out into areas near Swan Creek. A large number of neighbors, family and friends also put together a search party in the areas around the apartments, searching for the 3-year-old boy.

search for Braylen Noble Day 2
search for Braylen Noble Day 2

By about 8 p.m., one of the search groups reportedly found a tent filled with clothing and a blanket that appeared to have blood on it. The tip was reported and police moved in on the area. Braylen’s mother later told police that she did not recognize the blanket.

Detectives logged the items as possible evidence. At this point, it is unclear whether they may be connected to the case.

First responders also searched vehicles and inside adjacent apartments.

“I let them in, and they got their lights on immediately and started looking everywhere, like closets, underneath the bed, everything,” said Hunter Ridge tenant Matt Adkins.

The search for Braylen Noble is nearing 48 hours. On Saturday night volunteers came out in waves to do their part to help look for the missing child.
The search for Braylen Noble is nearing 48 hours. On Saturday night volunteers came out in waves to do their part to help look for the missing child.(Jack Bassett)

Braylen Noble’s family members remained at the scene throughout the night’s investigation but declined to comment on the search for Braylen. As part of standard protocol, Toledo Police explain Braylen’s mother was taken to the Safety Building for questioning.

Authorities are asking anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Braylen to please come forward or contact Crimestopper at 419-255-1111.

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