Local Search and Rescue teams join search for missing 4-year-old

- "Just hoping he's still out there," Annie Johnson said.

A mother holding onto hope that her 4-year-old son Raul Gonzales Johnson is found soon.

"I just couldn't believe it when he called me. I wished I would have stayed home yesterday," Annie Johnson said. 

But first responders are not giving up the search. 

"They’ve widened the search area and they are trying to hit every porch, outhouse, utility in the area, thing of that nature, so we sent 12 firefighters, 3 companies and a fire chief," Charlotte Fire Deputy Chief Rich Granger said. 

Charlotte Fire Department was called in to help and set up communications links between all the search teams that continue to look for Raul but as day four starts to come to an end, the search becomes a bit more desperate. 

"4-year-old with small bodies they can only go so long. Temperatures have been a little bit chilly at night. So, yes, we have a lot of concerns for the conditions and we hope for the best of the outcome," Granger said. 

Mooresville Fire and Rescue also sending a team of seven who are packed and trained to survive the outdoors for three days. Searching day and night through rural areas where they believe Raul could have gone.

"I’m sure the men and women down there that began the search earlier in the week. It is hard on them and anybody that comes down there. We are dealing with a little kid that doesn't have all the resources to be able to take care of himself and that is heavy on the heart," Granger said.

List of agencies assisting with the search: 

Scotland County Sheriff's Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
North Carolina State Highway Patrol 
Laurinburg Police Department
McColl Police Department
Hamlet Police Department
Wake County Sheriff's Office K9
Wagram Fire Department
Moore County Sheriff's Office 
Richmond County Sheriff's Office 
Marlboro County Sheriff's Office 
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
Florence County Sheriff's Office 
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Fayetteville Police Department 
Fayetteville Dive Team 
Pitt County Search & Rescue 
Pender County EMS & Rescue
Wilson County Emergency Management  
Scotland County Rescue/EMS
Lumberton Search & Rescue
Cumberland County Dive Team
Charlotte Fire Department
Robeson County Search & Rescue
South Orange Search & Rescue 
North Carolina K9 Response Team
Pinelands Search & Rescue
Gates County Search & Rescue 
Alamance County Search & Rescue
Rowan County Search & Rescue
Coastal Carolina Search & Rescue
Catawba County Sheriff's Office 
REDS Team
NC Project Lifesaver
Greenville Fire Rescue
Mooresville Fire Department
Laurel Hill Fire Department
Hamlet Fire Department
McColl Fire Department
Stewartsville Fire Department 
Laurinburg Fire Department
Richmond County Emergency Management 
Moore County Emergency Management
Johnston County Search & Rescue
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Gryphon Group
Scotland County District Attorney's Office 
American Red Cross 
 

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