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Body of Darnell Gray found Tuesday morning, investigation continues

Lt. David Williams said the body of 4-year-old Darnell Gray was found Tuesday morning. (KRCG 13)

Police said the search for 4-year-old Darnell Gray ended Tuesday morning.

Lt. David Williams said a law enforcement search party found the boy's body just before 12 p.m.

Lt. David Williams said Gray did not die on "his own accord," and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation evidence team was assisting the Jefferson City Police Department in its investigation.

He said the medical examiner was called in. At the time of the news conference, Williams said it was too early to determine how Darnell Gray died.

Multiple agencies had been searching since Darnell Gray disappeared from a home in the 1100 block of Buena Vista Street sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.

The family released additional photos Friday to the public in an effort to help locate the missing child.

On Monday, Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said as many as 125 or more people from the Highway Patrol, FBI, Cole and Callaway County sheriff's departments and the Jefferson City Police Department were at one point involved in the search. He said police had received calls from as far away as Minneapolis and Chicago asking what can be done to help.

Williams said the reward for information leading to finding the boy had increased to $11,000.

Anyone with information regarding his disappearance was asked to contact the Jefferson City Police Department at (573) 634-6391.


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