The search for missing 2-year-old Noah Tomlin has ended in tragedy.
On Monday, June 24, 2019, the young boy’s mother, Julia Tomlin, reached out to the Hampton Police Department and reported that her son had gone missing.
He was last seen at his home near Buckroe Beach around 1 a.m. when his 34-year-old mother put him to sleep but was not reported missing until 11:36 a.m.
Law enforcement used all available resources to help find Noah, but as they continued to dig into the case they realized that something more sinister was going on.
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— Hampton VA Police (@HamptonVAPolice) June 25, 2019
“This is weighing heavy on the officers hearts and minds that are searching and we are hoping for a positive resolution,” Sgt. Williams said.
On Friday, June 28, Police Chief Terry Sult shared that Julia Tomlin had been arrested and was charged with three counts of felony child neglect.
“Unfortunately to date, Noah has not been found,” Chief Sult said in a media conference. “However, based on the highly coordinated investigation we currently believe him to be deceased.”
The search for Noah’s body then became a 24-hour operation, which consisted of six phases on land, sea and air.
Four searches were conducted in the area around the toddler’s home, two searches were conducted at the local landfill and the steam plant.
Investigators thoroughly searched through more than 2 million pounds of trash.
“The priority all along has been to find Noah,” Chief Sult said on Wednesday, July 3rd. “It’s with very mixed emotions we report today that goal has been accomplished.”
At 8:50 a.m. on July 3, 2019, a search team found remains they believe to be the missing toddler at the steam plant.
The remains have been sent to be examined by the medical examiner’s office for formal identification.
“If this tragedy has taught us anything, it has taught us that we are united as a community in the fight against injustice.” Chief Sult said. “Noah is the epitome of an innocent victim. He, like all innocent victims, deserve better.”
He continued, “The innocent deserve to have, and have, our promise that we will do everything in our power to prevent something like this from happening again. They also have our promise that we will hold those accountable who do harm to the innocent.”
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