UPDATE: D.C. police found the body of missing child Michael Kingsbury in a car parked in the alley behind his home in Northeast Washington. He had been missing since Sunday morning.
Around 6 p.m. Monday, a police officer found the body of the 7-year-old inside a car, two doors down from the backyard where he was last seen. Officers cordoned off the alley in the 1700 block of West Virginia Avenue.
By Scott McCabe
D.C. police and neighbors continue to search for a 7-year-old Michael Kingsbury who wandered away from his home more than 24 hours earlier.
Michael Kingsbury was last seen around 9 a.m. Sunday in the area near West Virginia Avenue and Mount Olivet Road in Northeast Washington. He was autistic.
Michael’s mom, Katrina Kingsbury, had urged the public for help.
“I’m going crazy… He’s been out there all by himself, all alone,” she told NBC4 in Washington. “I plead. Send my baby home, just bring him home please.”
Twenty-one cadets from the D.C. police academy joined neighbors of the Trinidad neighborhood and officers from the Fifth District police department searching for clues to the boy’s disappearance. As a police helicopter hovered overhead, cadets knocked on doors, passed out flyers and searched through bushes.
Investigators also began interviewing registered sex offenders in the area, police said.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the search party had enough volunteers on the ground Monday.
“What we really need is everyone to get the word out to their neighbors,” Lanier said. “[C]hecking your property and yards would also be a huge help.”
Michael is described as light-skinned black male, about 4-foot-3 and 60 pounds, with dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a pull-up diaper. He has a medical condition and may need medical care.
Anyone who has information about the child’s whereabouts is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099.