One week since the disappearance of Quinton Simon
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s been one week since 20-month-old Quinton Simon disappeared from his Chatham County home.
Since then, police have been tight-lipped about any progress in the case, saying in a news conference earlier this week that they need to preserve evidence should things turn out to be criminal.
Law enforcement conducted another search of the area behind the home Wednesday morning, arriving around 10:15 a.m. and leaving an hour or so later.
They had dogs with them to help in the search.
It’s unclear what law enforcement agency conducted the search- they arrived in unmarked SUV’s and had no identifying logos on their shirts.
Members of the Simon family have been back in the home, including Quinton’s grandmother, who has legal custody. At one point Quinton’s mother was there too.
Police have not said yet if they found anything during their search today.
Chatham County Police announced yesterday that they did seize some evidence in connection with this case, but haven’t said what it was.
We do know that Chatham County Police have been working with multiple agencies in this investigation, including the FBI.
On Twitter Wednesday morning, Chatham County PD said that they’re planning to hold a news conference Thursday to provide updates and there are a lot of questions still unanswered at this point.
Today marks one week since Quinton Simon was reported missing. We will be at his home where he was last seen with a team of search dogs and investigators. We will spend today gathering and analyzing evidence. We expect to schedule a media briefing tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/L2LKooNoJ6— Chatham County Police Department (@ChathamCountyPD) October 12, 2022
They said Tuesday that they’ve seized evidence in connection with Quinton’s disappearance, but haven’t said what that evidence is or what they think it means.
As the past seven days have gone by with no concrete information being released, folks in the neighborhood are growing more and more heartbroken.
“I love kids. I’ve taken care of them for a long time. And I can’t imagine one that little missing,” Quinton Simon Neighbor Gerri Mccusker said.
This case has hit the whole community hard, not just people that live in the neighborhood or personally know the Simon family.
I’ve talked to people here today who traveled from Florida to see everything for themselves.
Among locals, there has been an outpouring of support for little Quinton on social media, and people even volunteering to help with the search effort.
Timeline of Quinton Simon’s disappearance
Quinton’s mom reported him missing around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from his home on Buckhalter Road.
She told police her boyfriend was the last person to see him around 6 a.m. that morning. They say he was wearing a light blue Sesame Street shirt and black pants.
That sparked an extensive search involving multiple agencies.
On Thursday, Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley confirmed police had obtained a search warrant for Quinton’s grandmother’s home where the family was living.
That’s when Grandmother Billie Howell told WTOC she recently filed to evict Quinton’s mom and her boyfriend and that Quinton’s mom called off his babysitter the morning he went missing.
Howell who was out of town at the time for work has custody of Quinton and his older sibling.
“My mind has thought the worst and it’s prayed for the best. You know, I couldn’t imagine that she would hurt one of her kids but I can’t say the thought hasn’t gone through my mind a hundred thousand times,” Quinton’s Grandmother Billie Howell said.
On Friday, Chatham County Police released a tip hotline for Quinton’s case.
The search continued. Chief Hadley said they did not suspect foul play.
Fast forward to Monday, police searched the home again, and drained the family’s backyard pool. We also learned more than 40 FBI agents are assisting in the search.
On Tuesday, the department announced they had seized evidence they believed would help move the case forward and a criminal investigation is possible.
WTOC Investigates also obtained records that shed light on a tense, divided home leading up to Quinton’s disappearance.
That included a domestic dispute last month and a court order for Quinton’s mother to start paying his grandmother child support.
That order came down exactly one week before she reported Quinton missing.
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