ERNUL, Craven County — Authorities have released the 911 call made Tuesday afternoon after 3-year-old Casey Hathaway disappeared out of his family member's backyard.
Officials released the audio to NewsChannel 12 Thursday morning. The audio has been edited to adhere to North Carolina 911 recording laws.
Here is a transcribed version of the phone call:
DISPATCH: Craven County 911. What's your emergency?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER OF 3-YEAR-OLD CASEY HATHAWAY: 200 Toler Road.
DISPATCH: 200 Toler Road?
DISPATCH: OK, and what's going on there?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: We lost my two-year-old grandson. He was walking in the woods back there and we can't find him. 3-year-old grandson.
DISPATCH: OK. Who's been with him?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: His little sister.
DISPATCH: You said a three-year-old?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Yeah, he's three.
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: The other ones come through the house but left him there and he walked off somewhere and we can't find him.
DISPATCH: But you're at the house now?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: We're at the house, yeah.
DISPATCH: OK and how long ago do you know has it been that he walked in there?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: It's been at least 45 minutes cause we've been looking all over the woods for him.
DISPATCH: And he's not in the house? Did you look behind the house?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Yeah. No. On the side. Yeah.
DISPATCH: Is he white? Black?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: He's white.
DISPATCH: Do you know what he was wearing?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Probably a black little coat?
DISPATCH: A black coat?
DISPATCH: OK. Does he usually do that?
DISPATCH: Does he usually do this?
DISPATCH: Was he wearing pants?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Yeah, he had pants.
DISPATCH: Were they jeans?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Yeah, i think so.
DISPATCH: OK and you said about 45 minutes ago?
DISPATCH: OK. Alright. Is it a big area of woods behind the house?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Yeah, it's pretty big.
DISPATCH: And you've been out there before looking for him?
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Yes. Yeah.
DISPATCH: OK. Alright. We got a deputy headed to you, OK? You said 45 minutes? Directly behind your house or to the side?
DISPATCH: OK. We do have some deputies headed that way.
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: Thank you.
As officials released this audio, the search for 3-year-old Casey Hathaway continued in Craven County.
The Craven County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation to find Casey. He was reported missing on Tuesday by his great grandmother
Casey had been playing outside the home with two children he is related to and he did not come back inside with them.
A relative in the home searched for Casey and when they were unable to find him, called 911. Craven County Sheriff's deputies began an intense search began and has expanded by the minute.
Hundreds of professional searchers and volunteers walked through rough terrain around the home to try and locate Casey on Wednesday. Volunteers were sent home for the night due to safety concerns.
CLICK HERE to learn more about day 3 search efforts.
Anyone living near Toler Road in Ernul where Casey was last seen should check their own properties.
Casey is white, with blonde hair and brown eyes. He weighs 25 pounds and is 28 inches tall. If you see Casey or have information, call the tip line at (252) 636-6703 or the Craven County Sheriff's Office at (252) 633-0498.