The search continues for an 8-year-old autistic boy last seen on the beach on Perdido Key Friday afternoon, and Sheriff David Morgan said no results to give hope have been found yet.
"But I'm here to tell you that we're here for the duration," he said in a brief news conference this afternoon. "The first 72 hours are critical."
Today, search efforts expanded along Perdido Key and into Alabama, as agencies from both states have lent personnel to look for Owen Black.
Multiple boats, RVs and people on foot combed the beaches and waters in the Gulf and the Intracoastal Waterway. The search now goes from the bridge to get to Perdido Key and well into Alabama, Morgan said.
Laurie Strite of KlaasKids Foundation, which is aiding in the searches, said they have brought in specialists who may be able to help find Black in places that autistic children may hide in.
"That allows us to put people in areas ... and monitor areas that he might like," Strite said, adding that they are looking in the water and at construction sites.
He was last seen near the Needle Rush Condos in the 17000 block of Perdido Key Drive wearing a red and blue striped shirt and brown sweatpants.more