UPDATE: More than 300 join search for missing Colorado City child

Community members from Colorado City, Arizona, join emergency responders and volunteers in searching for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 8, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff's Office, St. George News

JACOB LAKE, Ariz. – The search for a 5-year-old boy continues Saturday night in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest near Jacob Lake, Arizona. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing boy as a Colorado City, Arizona, resident.

Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, August 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, August 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“The missing child is from Colorado City and there has been huge support from the community in Colorado City in assisting with this search,” a press release issued Saturday by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said. “In addition to assisting on search teams, members of the community have been preparing meals for the responders.”

Thursday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received reports that the boy, Jerold Williams, had gone missing from an unimproved campsite located approximately 12 miles south of Jacob Lake on a Forest Service road.


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Responders from all over Arizona and neighboring Utah have joined the search for the boy, including personnel from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Mohave County Search and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service law enforcement and fire crews, National Park Service law enforcement, Arizona Game and Fish law enforcement, Coconino County CERT teams, Page Rural CERT teams, Nellis Air Force Base, National Guard Black Hawk and Special Forces, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers and Air Rescue, Bureau of Land Management personnel and dog teams, and Civil Air Patrol.

Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 8 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 8 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

As of Saturday afternoon, the aid of the Washington County Search and Rescue team had also been requested, and the team planned to join the search on Sunday, Darrell Cashin, Washington County Sheriff’s deputy and search and rescue liaison, said.

Searchers battled heavy rains and winds in excess of 40 mph throughout the night Thursday and throughout the day Friday, according to the press release, which created extremely muddy conditions and left only small windows for aircraft assistance.

“The weather today (Saturday) has improved significantly and allowed for the use of more air resources,” the press release said. “There are approximately 300-350 searchers in the field.”

The boy and his mother were at a campsite with a group of 15-20 family members and friends when Jerold went missing, a Friday press release from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said. Jerold was reportedly chasing grasshoppers when his mother lost sight of him.

The group searched for four hours before calling authorities for help Thursday evening.

A primary concern in a situation like this, when someone is missing in a remote area, is whether the person is able to find fresh water, Cashin said.

Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 8 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 8 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

At this time, those interested in helping with the search are asked not to go to Jacob Lake.

“We extend our gratitude to all those who have volunteered and who have expressed their willingness to volunteer,” the press release said. “We have been able to integrate many volunteers into this search mission, and at this time we are not requesting additional volunteers. We are taking names and information from those who would like to be on a list in the event we need to request additional resources.”

Those wishing to offer assistance or resources are asked to call 928-226-5012 and leave their information.

Missing Person Poster – Jerold Joseph Williams went missing in the area of the Kaibab National Forest, August 6, 2015. CONTACT Coconino County Sheriff’s Office 928-774-4523 | Photos courtesy of the North Kaibab Ranger District, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
Missing person poster – Jerold Joseph Williams went missing in the area of the Kaibab National Forest, Aug. 6, 2015. CONTACT Coconino County Sheriff’s Office 928-774-4523 | Photos courtesy of the North Kaibab Ranger District, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

Jerold Joseph Williams’ description:

  • Age: 5
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: White
  • Height: 3 feet 6 inches
  • Weight: 35 pounds
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Short, brown
  • Clothing: gray/tan shirt (size 4), blue jeans (size 4), hiking boots (size 12), white long-handled underwear.
  • Identifying marks: visible facial abrasions

Anyone with information regarding the possible location of Jerold Williams or the circumstances leading up to his disappearance is urged to call the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-774-4523.

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12 Comments

  • fun bag August 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    You know I hadn’t read in the first two articles that there were polygamists involved. This is a sad situation if it’s true. I just hope those polygamists are being forward with all the details, because, well, they do have a reputation for not being very forthcoming. With the use of tracking dogs it shouldn’t be hard to locate the boy(hopefully alive) if these people are telling the truth.

    • Astrescue August 9, 2015 at 1:21 am

      I hate to say it, but I agree. Too much goes on up there they hide, but now they want our help? For the child I hope they find him, then get him to a better home.

  • Simone August 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I hope to God they find this kid alive. The family is my thoughts.

  • tcrider August 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

    looking at previous articles about colorado city, I think I would start out, taking a better look at the people that were intentionally trying do harm to the other children (the case that involved the adult intentionally trying to run down the kids on atv). its a small area, you know there has to be somebody that seen something.

  • debbie August 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I am so glad they reached out to the county to help them, it shows their child is more important than their fears. I am praying they get their little boy back safe and sound.. praying for the family <3

  • fun bag August 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    How far can a five year old wander on his own? And how far would a predator carry him? Can’t really rule out child abduction, and well, those polygamists have a reputation for doing things to children–can’t ignore that. Aren’t child abductions handled by the FBI tho?

  • tcrider August 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Another possible theory, of how a kid could disappear, Is how about for example, a poly family is considering possibly seeking greener pastures, or (exiting the flds, for some other religion, god forbid) and a prominent influence from the the local church got wind of this, just maybe someone from local church is trying to force family in to not exiting church by moving the kid to some other area ?, This would explain why there is absolutely no trail that dogs can pick up.

    • fun bag August 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      However disturbing, one would have to wonder if it would be that much of a stretch for a group that practices ritualistic child rape to move onto … well, I’m not even gonna say it, but you have to wonder… Still hoping for a happy ending with this, but its not looking good at all…

  • Free Parking August 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    If the polygamist are involved it could be anything

  • john August 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Moderator…delete these and I’ll post an updated map in a bit.

  • willisjones August 10, 2015 at 1:43 am

    did they ever confirm that they found footprints of this boy during the search?

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