POLICE CHIEF: “We are committed to finding him as quickly as we can”

POLICE CHIEF:  “We are committed to finding him as quickly as we can”

JACKSONVILLE N.C. (WITN) – Jacksonville police say more than 100 people are searching for six-year-old Amari Christiansen.

The child was last seen late Thursday afternoon in the Holiday City Mobile Home Park on Corbin Road.

Police Chief Mike Yaniero said the child got off the school bus around 4:00 p.m. and was playing with other children. The chief said he was last seen around 5:45 p.m.

Federal agents are assisting with the search of Christiansen and a statewide Amber Alert was issued for the child.

Police have expanded their search area from the mobile home park to a one-square-mile area.

Yaniero said helicopters, dogs, and boats have been used today in the extensive search. The mobile home park adjoins Northeast Creek.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-20s overnight. “We realize the temperature drops tonight and we are committed to finding him as quickly as we can,” the chief said.

The chief is asking people in the area to review their doorbell cameras and businesses to look at their surveillance footage to see if they have anything useful that will help with the search.

The chief said they have interviewed people at the school, including classmates. He would not say whether the boy has been classied as missing anytime before Thursday.

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Christiansen is described as being a black male, approximately 4′0″ tall, and weighs approximately 80 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a dark navy blue coat, black long sleeve shirt with the wording “Game On,” blue sweatpants and black shoes. Christiansen is also believed to carrying his Power Ranger Backpack and a lunch box with either Minecraft or Paw Patrol.

Amari Gabriel Christiansen

Amari Gabriel Christiansen

If anyone has seen Christiansen or knows his whereabouts, they should contact the Jacksonville Police Department at 910-938-6414 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

This is a developing story and WITN will continue to update it as we learn more.

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