JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in finding a boy who knocked on a Bartram Park resident's door asking for food then disappeared.
The resident did not want to talk to First Coast News, but John Schutz the president of the Verano at Bartram Park HOA described the alleged encounter.
"He was asking for some food because he was hungry,” Schutz said. “She made him a sandwich and a banana, and gave it to him, she walked back in and thought, 'shouldn't he be in school?' She walked out and he was gone.”
The home is on the Spring Rain Road at the back of the gated community.
"As far as I know she's the only one that actually saw him,” Schutz said.
There are no missing-child reports in the area, JSO said.
Officers searched the neighborhood, and checked the trunks of any vehicles leaving the property, Schutz said.
Other officers searched the woods behind the neighborhood.
"They had dogs out in the back in the woods trying to sniff him out, and they used infrared over the ponds because it's all murky water,” Schutz said.
JSO received a number of tips but those all led to kids that had already been accounted for.
JSO made a computer-generated sketch using the woman’s description of a boy between 5 and 7 years old, 3 feet tall, with dark red shaggy hair with brown or hazel eyes and an overbite.
Anyone with information is asked to call (904) 630-0500 or email JSOCrimetips@jaxsheriff.org