Search continues for missing child in Jacksonville

Search continues for missing child in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE N.C. (WITN) – The search for a missing 6-year-old from Jacksonville continues Friday morning.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued Thursday evening for 6-year-old Amari Christiansen. Jacksonville police say he was last seen near the Holiday City mobile home park on Corbin Road around 5:45 p.m.

Search crews from at least seven different departments met at Northeast Creek Park early Friday and were sent out around 8 a.m. WITN’s Deric Rush is on the scene and says police have set up a perimeter around the Holiday City mobile home complex.

Christiansen got off his school bus around 4:00 p.m. Thursday and was last seen around 5:45 p.m. at the mobile home park.

A helicopter and K-9 units are also assisting in the search.

The chief said they have searched the mobile home park, and will probably widen the search area later this afternoon. The FBI has agents and analysts who specialize in missing children assisting Jacksonville police.

Police are asking people that may have sheds or empty homes in the area to check them as the child may have stayed there overnight. “Someone in this community has seen something,” said the chief.

Officials say they are not allowing volunteers to come out and search at the moment.

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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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