The body of missing Quinton Simon may not be found, police say
Authorities are continuing their search for the toddler Quinton Simonwho went missing from the playground at his home in Georgia on October 5
As the child has been missing for four weeks and the Chatham County Police Department and others dig through “thousands of tons of trash” at the landfill, authorities released a statement Wednesday saying it’s possible they may not find him.
“We knew the chances of finding Quinton’s remains in a search of this landfill were low,” the department wrote on Facebook and Twitter. “Most landfill searches do not result in recovery due to many factors, including the amount of trash to search and compaction, however, we remain focused.”
“The search of the landfill was a more arduous task than anyone could have imagined,” the post added. “We would like to thank the dedicated Chatham County Police Department, FBI, GBI and Chatham County Sheriff’s Office personnel who went to that location day after day – determined to find Quinton and find answers.”
Police added that the boy’s mother, Leilani Simon, 22, remains the prime suspect, saying “everything still points” to his remains being recovered from a landfill.
She was previously named as the main suspect The 20-month-old son is missing from their home on Buckhalter Road in Savannah on Oct. 5, although no charges have been filed against her. The child was reported missing around 9 a.m. after Quinton’s family realized he was missing at 6 a.m. He was wearing a light blue Sesame Street shirt and black pants.
In an Oct. 25 interview with local station WTOC-TV, Simon said she wants her son to recover “happy and alive.”
“We want him back in our arms, holding us. That’s what we want,” she added.
“We’re just hoping that he’s in somebody’s house and they’re feeding him, and maybe they wanted a baby or they couldn’t have a baby,” she told the station. “Maybe they thought they were his savior. That’s our best hope at this point.”
Earlier, Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley told reporters that police believe Quinton’s body was placed in a trash can and later thrown into the landfillaccording to Savannah Morning News.
While many have helped in the search, other residents have since protested outside the family’s home in Georgia, where four people were arrested for either blocking the driveway or banging on the windows earlier this month. WTOC. The New York Post has since reported that Leilani and her mother Billie Jo Howell were spotted at a bar on Tybee Island. The mother denies her involvement in her son’s disappearance.
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“I’m here,” she told WTOC. “I’m here every day from this. I’m not running and I’m not hiding. And if something comes up that I’m guilty of, I’m going to take myself to that police station.”
“We also want to thank the many people – both here at home and around the world – who have offered support and encouragement over these past four weeks,” the Chatham County Police Department continued in its release. “We appreciate every word and act of kindness to our department and everyone working so hard on this case.”
The Chatham County Police Department is urging anyone with information on the boy’s whereabouts to contact them at (912) 652-6940.
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