Sheriff: “We have total faith we’re going to find Noah and bring him home safe.”

PINSON, Tenn. — Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver held his first news briefing, Saturday, since the search for Noah Chamberlin, 2, of Pinson, began two days ago.

More than 48-hours after his disappearance, Weaver remains hopeful. During the briefing he said, “We’re 100 percent it’s a search and rescue mission.”  Weaver went on to say, “We have total faith we’re going to find Noah and bring him home safe.”

According to investigators, Noah disappeared while on a nature walk with his grandmother and 4-year-old sister near the family’s home along Short Road in Pinson, Thursday.  Noah was last seen around 1:30 p.m.  He was wearing a long sleeved gray t-shirt and jeans at the time.

The department began searching within an hour.  The sheriff said they have received no leads from the use of flir technology or tracking dogs in their search.

Weaver reiterated he does not believe there is anything criminal about Noah’s disappearance.  When asked about the grandmother’s account of what happened, Weaver said he believes her and the entire family is cooperating in the search.

Citizen volunteers remain a vital part of the search.  However, according to Weaver, if the toddler isn’t found by 7 a.m., Sunday, the department will suspend volunteer participation in the search and rely only on trained officers.  He said they will request help from agencies across the state.

Weaver acknowledged a large number of rumors circulating on social media about Noah’s disappearance and the investigation.  He urged the public to discount those rumors and rely on information from the department.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled tonight at the Old Pinson School off Hwy 45, starting at 7 p.m.