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01/26/06

Search Continues for Missing Wayne County Boy

Pictures of Ahmad King cover nearly every door in Jesup. Pictures of Ahmad King cover nearly every door in Jesup.

Pictures of Ahmad King cover nearly every door in Jesup. The three-year-old disappeared Tuesday afternoon.

"The word has been out," said resident James Shipman. "So everybody's got the signs out."

Yesterday afternoon, his mother, Mary Jane, retraced her steps where he vanished, outside the Wal-Mart in the parking lot. "I opened the back door, just like I normally do, and I told them to stay in the car and I go get a buggy," she told us.

As nighttime fell, police patrolled the parking lot, hoping a lead would appear as fast as Ahmad disappeared.

It only took Mary Jane a few seconds to walk from one row to another to get a buggy, turning her back for a split second, as almost every parent admits they've done.

"Every parent that I've talked to that has talked about it has said, 'That could have been my child, because I've done that,'" said Jesup resident Jennifer Deal. "I've left them in car and walked around the car, to the other side of the car, or down from the car. It's scary.

She wasn't talking about walking into the building, just away from the car for a moment. "I don't know of any parent that hasn't done that," she added.

As the hours passed since he vanished, a mother's worry quickly turned to anguish. "Just bring him back, please, just bring him back  or just leave him with somebody," Mary Jane pleaded. "Leave him at a store, something. We just want him back."

If anyone has information, they're asked to call the Jesup Police Department at 912.427.1300.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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