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Authorities again suspend search for 7-year-old

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler and city CAO Brian Crawford meet in the street with Daysean Combest's mother the evening of Aug. 2. (Source: KSLA News 12) Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler and city CAO Brian Crawford meet in the street with Daysean Combest's mother the evening of Aug. 2. (Source: KSLA News 12)
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7-year-old Daysean Combest's slippers reportedly still sit next to the drainage ditch beside his house. (Source: KSLA News 12) 7-year-old Daysean Combest's slippers reportedly still sit next to the drainage ditch beside his house. (Source: KSLA News 12)
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

For a second time, day's end brings the suspension of the search for a 7-year-old believed to have been swept away in a rain-swollen ditch in Shreveport's Ingleside neighborhood. 

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The quest to find Daysean Combest has been called off for the day and will resume Thursday, authorities say.

Hearne Avenue, which had been closed for part of the search Wednesday, is back open to traffic.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Ollie Tyler and the city's fire and police chiefs shared the latest on the search.

Tyler began the briefing by saying that she has directed all available city resources to the search. 

"As we're placing the full extent of our resources toward this effort, our faith remains in All Mighty God."

More than 100 emergency and law enforcement personnel along with other city crews and personnel from parish and state agencies have pitched in to help in the search.

Responding to questions about the lack of grates on the drainage system, the mayor said the search for Combest is their first priority. 

Tyler announced a prayer vigil immediately following the 5 p.m. briefing at Ingleside Baptist Church.

And not long after the news conference, friends, relatives and community members came together for a vigil in front of Christ Temple Ministries, not far from where Combest last was seen. 

Just down the road near Hearne at Midway avenues, an impromptu prayer took place where some of the most intense search efforts took place.

Crews resumed the search Wednesday morning in hopes of recovering the boy's body from Brush Bayou, where the water drains.

Fire Chief Scott Wolverton said there have been multiple crews from Caddo Fire District 6, the Caddo Sheriff's Office, the Shreveport Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Wildlife & Fisheries Department, Shreveport's water and sewer, public works and engineering departments helping with the search. 

Wolverton discouraged private citizens from helping at the moment because the people out now are trained to do this.

But he does ask the community to pray.

Water and Sewerage workers cleared and walked drains from where the boy went missing all the way to Mansfield Rd. and West 70th. 

Caddo Fire 6 searched from Flournoy Lucas Road south and cleared up to Louisiana Highway 3132. 

Wildlife & Fisheries and Caddo deputies searched from Southern Loop north to Flournoy Lucas.

SFD entered Brush Bayou in a boat with a K-9 search dog and went as far south as they could.

Wolverton did not expect the day's rain to be an issue unless it got heavier.

They also planned to solicit help from Life Air rescue helicopter for observation when weather permits.

First responders began rescue efforts around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 3900 block of Orla Avenue, hoping to find the boy.

Shreveport Fire Department called the search off overnight near Wyngate Blvd at W 84th Street.

It's unclear how the boy got into the ditch.

His mother called 911 after finding his sandals by the drainage ditch and believes he passed through the ditch during heavy rains.

Daysean Combest stands 4 feet tall, weighs about 70 pounds and has a blonde patch in his hair. He last was seen wearing a gray shirt and red shorts.

Authorities urge anyone who sees him or anything out of the ordinary to immediately call 911 and let them know the location.

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