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UPDATE: Search team finds body of missing 2-year-old boy

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 00:43:50-04

EAGLE, Idaho — UPDATE (9/5, 8:40 a.m.): Ada County Sheriff's Office tweeted Saturday morning that search crews have recovered the body of missing 2-year-old boy Rory Pope. The tweet, seen below, says the boy's body was found after water levels of a pond near where he went missing dropped. The pond was being pumped as part of the search after the child went missing on Wednesday.

UPDATE (9/4, 12:00 p.m.): Eagle Police Chief Matt Clifford held a press conference today to discuss the latest with Rory Pope. He said Rory is an adventurous 2-year-old who likes to play hide and seek with his parents.

Police are asking anyone in the area to check their cameras, doorbell footage and anywhere a 2-year-old could hide. The footage should be between 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday. Chief Clifford says if you drove a delivery truck in the area on Wednesday, let law enforcement know and if you have any information, call non-emergency dispatch at 208-377-6790.

Chief Clifford did say Rory and his parents are from out of state and were visiting grandparents who live in Eagle. The family was in the process of packing to to leave before noon Wednesday when they lost track of Rory for a few moments and later called 911 around 12:19 p.m., according to police.

Clifford also said a K9 did track back to a pond near the grandparent's home, but Rory had been near there before disappearing.

The Police Chief said 100 law enforcement officers are looking for Rory. They are going door to door to see if homeowners will consent to have their homes searched and have searched more than 30 homes before noon.

Police say the family has been fully cooperative with investigators and there is no evidence of foul play. The situation does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, according to Eagle police.

Crews are planning to drain the pond but that will take some time. A sonar search of the pond was done and the chief said it was "relatively successful."

UPDATE (9/4, 9:30 a.m.): Eagle Police have continued the search this morning for 2-year-old Rory Pope. The Ada County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter there is an emphasis on searching the outside and inside of "dozens of homes" in the area where Rory was last seen on Wednesday.

Detectives and officers have interviewed residents and searched the area where Rory was last seen for the last two days. According to the Sheriff's Office, the voluntary house searches are a more intensive and thorough physical search of the properties.

UPDATE (9/3, 5:15 p.m.): A vigil for the 2-year-old boy who went missing in an Eagle neighborhood has been scheduled for tonight.

A 'Pray for Rory Vigil' has been organized for 8 p.m. tonight at Legacy Playground at 6057 W. Nordic Drive in Eagle.

Eagle LifeChurch, the organizers of the event according to the Facebook post, ask those who attend to "bring cards, well wishes, and support for the family."

UPDATE (9/3): Dive teams have resumed a search for two-year-old Rory Pope in Eagle. Crews are using a remote control sonar device near where Rory was last seen around midday Wednesday. Dive teams are also searching other ponds in the area.

Eagle and Boise Police, along with Ada County Deputies, are re-searching the neighborhood.

UPDATE: Diving crews are calling off the search for tonight as it gets dark, but will resume the search in the morning, according to a tweet from Ada County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and Eagle police officers will stay in the area tonight, according to the sheriff's office.

Original:

A 2-year-old boy went missing Wednesday near Floating Feather and Linder roads in Eagle, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office said.

The toddler, Rory Pope, was last seen about 12:15 p.m. in the area of west Nordic Drive in Eagle, according to the sheriff’s office. He has blond, curly hair and was wearing a lime-green T-shirt.

Police say there are no signs of foul play associated with the toddler's disappearance and the situation does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert. Police, fire and others are conducting a search for the 2-year-old and dive teams are searching nearby ponds, according to a Tweet from the Ada County Sheriff's Office. Police say they are also using drones as well as collecting Ring camera footage from neighbors.

Eagle police, firefighters and neighbors are looking for him. In a tweet, the Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information to call 911.

Ada County Sheriff's Office said there are full crews out searching for the toddler and no additional volunteers are needed.

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One of the areas authorities are searching in an Eagle neighborhood for a missing 2-year-old.
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Part of the Eagle area being searched for the missing 2-year-old boy.

This article was originally published by Ruth Brown in the Idaho Statesman.