This is so sad.
Police have broken their silence and given their insight to what they believe happened to Jerold Joseph Williams — the boy who went missing from Kaibab National Forest campsite near the Grand Canyon last week.
On August 6, Jerold and his mother wandered away from their camp group at around 1:30, and shortly after his mother lost sight of the five-year-old as he was chasing grasshoppers.
A few hours later, the police were called and a massive search party was put together that lasted until Monday, when they found the lifeless body of the young boy.
Authorities are now saying that the boy most likely died of exposure, and that it didn’t take long. They said:
“Based on the environmental conditions Jerold was exposed to it is unlikely he survived the first night.”
Jerold’s body was found only about 15-20 feet away from the road by a group of volunteers from his hometown of Colorado City. They happened to be traveling down Forest Service Road 240 when they came across it.
With this information, authorities believe:
“Because Jerold was found close to the road and the road would have been a natural walking area for him compared to the very thick brush, it is believed that Jerold probably found his way to Forest Road 240 and followed it to Forest Road 241 in the direction away from the camp site and may have walked off into the forest to lay down to rest.”
They went on to clarify that:
“He was found fully clothed with no obvious external injuries, and there is was no evidence of foul play.”
This is so incredibly tragic and we wish the best for the friends and family affected and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.