Investigators believe they have found body of missing 4-year-old Scotland County boy

SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - FBI investigators believe they have discovered the body of 4-year-old Raul Gonzalez Johnson in a pond.

The Scotland County Medical Examiner's Office must still confirm the identity and cause of death.

Raul's family has been notified.

The FBI believes the boy's body was discovered in a pond off Pea Bridge Road in Laurinburg, NC.

Officials believe the boy's death was accidental, but they will continue to look into the cause.

North Carolina officials were assisting in searching for the child who was reported missing Wednesday.

Johnson was last seen walking on Village Drive heading towards Crestline Road in Laurinburg, NC, officials say.

Charlotte Fire officials say they had 24-hour operations as crews scoured the area in a massive search for the boy.

On Saturday, crews drained a pond nearby to ensure every possibility has been covered.

Johnson is described as an Indian boy around 3'0" and 38 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

The child was last seen wearing a tiger-striped shirt with tigers on it and white pants with rocket ships.

Charlotte crews started assisting in the search Thursday.

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The Scotland County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that they are grateful for the support from the community and searchers and would like to especially thank everyone for their help in this difficult situation.

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