LAURINBURG, N.C. — A North Carolina family is passing out posters and offering up prayers as they await word on a 4-year-old boy who disappeared from his home earlier this week.

Authorities in Scotland County say Raul Johnson Gonzalez left his home on Wednesday while his grandfather was babysitting him. The home is about 2,000 feet from the South Carolina line.

Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey told local news outlets that when Raul left his house, he was barefoot and dressed only in pajamas. Kersey said he went to a neighbor’s house. The neighbor spoke with the child and told him to go home. That was the last time she saw the child.

The FBI announced on Friday that it is assisting in the search for Raul.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.