VIOLET HILL, Ark. (KTHV/AP) - The search for a potential missing 3-year-old has been called off.
According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, Izard County Sheriff Lawrence Tate called off the search due to a lack of any sightings and no formal reports of missing children in the area made by a parent or guardian.
"Based on all of the information at hand, I totally agree with his decision," Montgomery wrote on his Facebook page. While he agrees with the decision, he's not calling the report a hoax.
Earlier Thursday, the Baxter County Sheriff's Department dispatched helicopters and a K9 Unit to help in the search for a child that witnesses reported went into the woods near the Violet Hill area around 1 p.m. unattended. Baxter County released a statement saying that the child was described as a blonde wearing a dark t-shirt and a diaper.
Chief Investigator Charles Melton with the county sheriff's office said Friday that searchers have found no sign of a child and that door-to-door questioning of residents turned up no missing children. Melton said the three witnesses - all in one home - may have simply been mistaken in what they saw and had no apparent reason to fabricate their report.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections was also in the area helping with the search.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)