School dedicates monument to missing Buckeye boy, vows continued search efforts
GOODYEAR, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) — It’s now been exactly one week since 10-year-old Jesse Wilson from Buckeye went missing.
On Sunday night, his school, Bradley Academy, created a monument as a symbol of their continued efforts to find him.
Jesse would be entering fourth grade when the school year starts August 8. The school’s president says he has every intention of having him at a desk when class resumes.
“Let tonight be a reminder that every day we have to strive and stay focused on bringing him home,” said Bradley Academy President Daniel Hughes.
In the meantime, he encourages everyone to have empathy towards his mother and all those close to the family.
While holding the family dog, Jesse’s mother Crystal Wilson spoke only briefly to express her gratitude to everyone who has helped in the search efforts.
“I just want to thank everybody for coming out and supporting Jesse,” she said. “I just want to let everybody know appreciate every bit from the youngest child to the oldest adult.”
School administrators say this gathering does not mark the end of the search. Rather, they want it to re-energize people to continue looking for him.
Police and volunteers have been scouring the Valley since his disappearance, with police even using drones and tracking dogs in the search.
The FBI is assisting in the search for Jesse. The U.S. Border Patrol has joined in, too.
Wilson made a tearful statement to the media last week, pleading for Jesse to come home.
“This is your mommy,” she said. “No one is mad at you.”
Bradley Academy has created the page leadjessehome.org, detailing efforts to find the missing boy.
Buckeye police are looking into about 100 leads called in from people around the country. It’s urging people not to post possible sightings to social media. If you think you’ve seen Jesse, call your nearest police department instead.
The number for the Buckeye Police Department at 623-349-6400. Calling 911 would also be acceptable if you think you’ve found the boy.
Jesse is described as a black male, 4 feet tall and weighing 60 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, unknown color shorts, black socks and black shoes. Police also say he has no known medical conditions.
Buckeye police say Jesse had recently gotten a haircut, so should look very similar to his recent photo.