Casey Hathaway

(Meredith) – Police are searching for a 3-year-old boy who vanished after playing outside in North Carolina.

Casey Hathaway was last seen playing with two other children in his grandmother's backyard in Ernul Tuesday afternoon, according to Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes. 

He was reported missing around 1:45 p.m. after the other kids went back inside the house without him. The family tried searching for Casey for about 45 minutes before calling 911, WCTI reported.

The sheriff's office later posted an alert to Facebook, urging residents to "check storage sheds, vehicles and their property" for the missing child.

By Wednesday morning, more than 50 volunteers turned out to help with search efforts. 

"We are doing everything we can to find this child, utilizing all resources at our disposal," said Hughes.

Casey is  2'4" tall, 25 pounds, and has strawberry blonde hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue coat and dark-colored pants. 

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