PEARLAND, Texas - Pearland Police are looking for a missing 9-year-old, non-verbal autistic boy.
The child's name is Marcus McGhee and he has been missing since 4 p.m. Thursday, officers said.
Marcus was last seen at a home in the 6700 block of Fite road. His family is in town from Connecticut for the Thanksgiving holiday.
He is described as a black male and was last seen wearing a black Nike t-shirt and black sweat pants. He is 5'2" and weighs 60 lbs. Family members say he may have an iPad with him.
According to Pearland PD, they are focusing the search on Magnolia and 1128, where there are large bodies of water, walking trails and open land.
Within hours, hundreds of people had gathered at the command post near the home where Marcus was last seen.
“We appreciate all the prayers and help thus far. There are dozens of citizens out in cars helping search. Please do not bring ATV's or horses to the search area. Marcus is autistic and we are concerned that loud noises or large animals may frighten the child. A bloodhound track pointed to the area of FM 1128 and FM 518. Citizens are asked to fan out in all directions from that point,” wrote Pearland Police in a Facebook post.
As of Friday morning, the Pearland Police Department said the ground search was at capacity. Instead, they are asking people to check their own neighborhoods and residences.
Police said a bloodhound was able to track the boy’s scent leading away from the house, but the dog lost the trail.
The home where the boy was last seen is owned by former NBA and Rockets player Marcus Camby. Police say that Camby and the boy are relatives.
A coast guard helicopter was called in Thursday night to help with the search.
Anyone with information on Marcus McGhee's whereabouts is urged to contact the Pearland Police Department at 281-997-4100.