Missing Virginia child, Noah Thomas, found dead in septic system

Posted at 3:55 PM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-26 19:15:41-04

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. -- Noah Thomas, the five-year-old boy who disappeared Sunday from his home in Dublin, Virginia, was found dead Thursday afternoon.

“We are very saddened to announce that we have recovered the body of Noah Thomas shortly after 1 p.m. today," Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said during a brief news conference. "He was found at a location near his home. His body was discovered in a septic tank during a more detailed and aggressive search.”

Officials said Noah’s body has been taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke.

“At this point, no one is in custody and a cause of death has not been determined,” Davis said.

Davis added that Noah’s parents continue to cooperate with authorities.

A post on the "Help Find Missing Noah Thomas" Facebook page addressed the latest developments.

Thank you for being patient. This is a very overwhelming time for us. We do know that Noah has been found and he is deceased. We have NO other details at this time. Please do not ask us a million questions that we don't have the answer to, yet.

The FBI said that agents assisting the sheriff’s office with forensic support and by collecting evidence.

Police tape and investigators in white HAZMAT suits could be seen around Thomas' home Thursday, WDBJ in Roanoke reported. .

Local law enforcement and the FBI have spent the last four days searching for the missing child. Noah’s mother originally told police the boy disappeared Sunday while she was sleeping. Police previously said they believed Noah left on his own and there was no reason to suspect a kidnapping.