Three-year-old Ahmad King disappeared Tuesday and police are holding his mother, Mary Jean King, with murder charges pending.
King first told police she had left her three-year-old in the car while she went to get a shopping cart at the Wal-Mart in Jesup, and when she returned, Ahmad was missing.
She confessed to killing him early yesterday morning. Investigators announced the news early yesterday afternoon, after an exhaustive search throughout the area.
For some people, finding Ahmad King's body is more than just a job, it's a priority. "Cutest little kid you'd ever want to see, and he's gone," said Sheriff Richard Foskey of Bacon County. "We got to find him. We're going to find him."
To Sheriff Foskey, Ahmad King isn't just an anonymous little boy. "I know the family," he said. "They're personal friends of mine. These people have been in my house."
It's been a rough few days for everyone involved, and it just got worse with the news that this was now a recovery mission instead of a rescue.
After a long day of trudging through the woods of rural Georgia, search crews backed off a little once it got dark, sending a lot of people home around 8pm last night. "It's difficult," said Special Agent Jeff Evans with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "It's difficult for the guys involved in the investigation. It's difficult for all aspects of it."
"We're going to have people out here all night," said Sheriff Foskey. "A lot of guys going to be working, but we're going to send some home that's been up two or three days and longer without sleep. And then we're going to pick back up in the morning full scale."
Foskey says they'll have dogs, helicopters, and every available person back out today, and hope to finish the job as soon as they can. "We're not going to quit until we find him. We're going to be here until we find his body."
Police are asking anyone who may have seen Mary Jean King's gold Toyota Camry along Highway 203 or Highway 15 Tuesday afternoon to please call in so they can try and narrow down this search as much as possible. Anyone with information can call the Bacon County dispatch office at 912.632.2760.