PULASKI COUNTY, Va. — Investigators said they would focus facts and physical evidence, not speculation and rumor, as they attempt to determine how five-year-old Noah Thomas ended up in the septic tank at his Dublin, Virginia home Thursday. The discovery of Noah’s body ended the five day search for the missing child.
“While we are saddened with this discovery, at this time our investigation will continue into the cause of Noah’s untimely death,” Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said in a Friday morning statement. “I ask that you would be cautious with the rumors and speculation in reference to Noah’s death, as these statements often add more confusion and divert valuable investigative manpower.”
Noah’s body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke as part of the investigation. The Medical Examiner will attempt to determine Noah’s cause of death.
Noah disappeared on Sunday. His mother said she was sleeping and when she awoke, Noah was gone. At the time, police said they believed Noah left on his own and there was no reason to suspect a kidnapping. During a Thursday evening press conference to announce the tragic discovery of Noah’s body, Sheriff Davis said Noah’s parents were cooperative with investigators.
“Official comments regarding this investigation will solely be released by my office at such a time that a significant development occurs,” Sheriff Davis said.
He encouraged people with information that could help the investigation call the Pulaski County Sheriff at 540–980-7800.