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Authorities, volunteers search for missing boy, 3, in Eagle

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Posted at 10:06 AM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 07:14:28-04

EAGLE, Colo. — Authorities and volunteers are searching for a missing 3-year-old boy who was last seen at an apartment complex Friday in the town of Eagle.

Sebastian Castro was last seen at his apartment at Eagle Villas off Nogal Road. Eagle police later learned that there was a young boy with a similar description on the playground at the apartment complex around 9 p.m. Friday.

Sebastian has brown hair and eyes and was wearing red shoes, with ripped blue jeans. He is autistic and non-verbal, and not comfortable with adults he does not know. He is a heavy sleeper and likes to sleep in tight small spaces.

The family is asking search volunteers not to scream or yell his name. They say he responds well to kid’s songs and animal noises, loves colorful things, water and insects.

More than 300 volunteers turned out Saturday to search alongside officials from many mountain law enforcement districts, the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, FBI and Secret Service, the town of Eagle said.

A severe weather threat also hampered search efforts Saturday. Police said due to incoming weather, they may be forced to pull search teams in from the field for safety reasons.

The Eagle Police Department has been searching for Sebastian since Friday night with the assistance of several other authorities, including Vail Mountain Rescue. They are using boats and drones to search Eagle River.

The search for Castro finished at sunset, though first responders will monitor the river overnight.

The search for the boy will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday in two shifts – 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – which volunteers can sign up for at this link.

Anyone with information that may help with locating Sebastian is asked to call (970) 445-4911 or email eaglecountypio@gmail.com. Call the Eagle Police Department at 970-479-2201 with information on his disappearance.