BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Deputies on Sunday said they’re looking for a 1-year-old who is missing in Byron Township.
Deputies say Noah Alan Jordan was last seen in a mobile home park near Division Avenue South and M-6 around 11:05 a.m. He was wearing blue, gray and black camouflage pajamas and has blond hair and blue eyes.
“Parents reported their almost 2-year-old, Noah, went missing after they couldn’t find him around the home. So Kent County sheriff’s deputies initially responded to help look for him in and around that home,” Sgt. Eric Brunner said. “Since they weren’t able to find him immediately in that area they started calling in more resources and to continue to expand that search outward. Noah was last seen wearing a blue onesie. Blue, gray and black camouflage were the colors with that. He is nonverbal.”
Multiple agencies spent hours canvassing the area looking for him, including trained search and rescue volunteers. Some emergency personnel searched in nearby Buck Creek. Brunner said they found footprints near the shoreline but couldn’t confirm they were those of the missing toddler.
The sheriff’s office in a press release sent around 9 p.m. said it is suspending the water search for the night. It said it will continue in the morning. It said the creek “is flowing higher and faster than normal” and recommended residents stay away from the water.
“Due to the lighting conditions for crews and their safety,” Brunner said. “It’s difficult to see at this point in time. However we do anticipate starting those up bright and early tomorrow morning.”
It said they would continue to search on the ground and in the air, deputies say. Emergency personnel have been using drones to help in the search.
The sheriff’s office said the parents are distraught but continue to cooperate with investigators.
“Often times kids just wander away, one minute you see them and one minute you don’t, so there’s nothing to lead us to believe that there was anything suspicious or criminal in nature,” Brunner said.
People are asked to avoid the area as searching is limited to first responder personnel. If you see Noah or have any information on his location you’re asked to call 911 or the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616.336.3113.
— News 8’s Jacqueline Francis contributed to this report.