Drained pond yields no clue about child's disappearance

Drained pond yields no clue about child's disappearance
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
(Source: Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

CLAIBORNE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Authorities investigating the disappearance of a Claiborne Parish boy found nothing when they drained a pond this week.

It was one of the same ponds about a mile south of Rondreiz Cortez "Junior" Phillips' house at Lisbon that divers searched April 8.

Workers began draining it Monday.

Claiborne Sheriff Ken Bailey said he does not yet know whether they will try draining another pond.

Meantime, he said, investigators are checking out leads generated by the FBI's offer of a $5,000 reward for information leading to the 4-year-old's location.

Rondreiz Cortez "Junior" Phillips disappeared April 5 from outside his home near Lisbon.

Authorities have since questioned a number of people, including his mother and stepfather, and have searched woods and ponds near the residence.

Multiple agencies have assisted the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office in the search.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about the child to:

  • Call 911, or,
  • Call the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 927-2011 or 800-810-2011; or,
  • Contact Sgt. Stacey Pearson, of the Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children/AMBER, by calling (337) 962-2605 or sending email to stacey.pearson@la.gov.

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