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Search efforts continue for missing Jefferson City boy

The Jefferson City Police Department is asking anyone interested in joining search efforts to find missing boy Darnell Gray to first contact them.

An endangered person alert was issued yesterday when Darnell went missing. JCPD said not all the criteria was met for an Amber Alert, primarily because they don’t suspect abduction.

On Thursday 35 law enforcement personnel assisted in the search, JCPD Lt. David Williams said Friday morning at a news conference. Agencies include the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cole County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. That night private groups joined the search, gathering in Washington Park and looking inside trash cans, under bleachers and along the banks of a nearby creek.

CrimeStoppers is also offering a $500 reward for tips that lead to Darnell.

Authorities release an endangered person advisory for Gray early Thursday after he was reported missing by his caretakers. He is believed to have walked away from home sometime Wednesday evening.

Darnell is described as black, about 4 feet tall and weighing about 50 pounds. He has light-colored, short hair, two missing front teeth and Mongolian spots on his back and legs. He was last seen wearing a black and white sleeper, black Mickey Mouse coat, hat and gloves, red spider man Velcro shoes and possibly has a Black Panther backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jefferson City Police Department at 573-634-6400.

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