The desperate hunt for missing 2-year-old Sylar Newton continued in Arizona Saturday, according to Prescott News, as Yavapai County investigators and various local, state, and federal agencies pressed on in their search for the little boy. It has been a week since the child, wearing nothing but a diaper, was reported missing in the middle of the night. It is believed that Sylar Newton simply wandered away from his tent at the Beaver Creek Campground where he and his adoptive family were camping over the weekend. However, investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the child was abducted.
Besides continued search efforts at the campground, which has been secured since the child went missing, Yavapai County authorities also began a systematic search through roughly 200 tons of landfill debris. The Sheriff’s Office obtained the cooperation of the Gray Wolf Landfill in Dewey, Arizona, the site where refuse from the Beaver Creek Campground is deposited, and identified certain areas of the landfill where the campground’s waste had been dumped. FBI agents and forensics specialists assisted Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office personnel with the search, which has as yet provided no new information regarding Sylar Newton’s disappearance. However, authorities say they will continue the landfill search because other loads from the campground have yet to be isolated.
Detectives have also canvassed nearby campgrounds and communities in their widening search efforts.
Authorities responded to a missing person call from the Beaver Creek Campground early Sunday morning, July 25. They discovered that a 2-year-old male child, Sylar Newton, was believed to have wandered off. His adoptive mother, Christina Priem, told investigators that the child had been asleep in the same tent with her, her mother, and her 12-year-old daughter. Her son and a friend of the son had been in an adjacent tent. Priem found the child missing around 12:30 a.m. She and her family searched for over an hour, then called police around 1:45 a.m.
In the first couple days, authorities searched an ever-expanding radius around the campground, using dogs, search teams, and a helicopter to cover as much ground as possible. Divers and swift water rescue teams also participated in the search, checking the nearby creek and pools of water in the area.
In their efforts to be thorough, the FBI contacted Sylar Newton’s biological mother in Indiana, who assured them that there was no custodial issue involved. She told local media that she was headed to Arizona to help search for her missing son.
Organized search efforts are expected to continue through the weekend.
This report corrects the spelling of Sylar Newton’s name from “Syler” to “Sylar.”