Hundreds Search for Jayden Morrison, Autistic 4-Year-Old Missing in South Carolina

Image: Jayden Morrison was last seen on Christmas Eve
Jayden Morrison was last seen on Christmas Eve. Image courtesy Horry County Police DepartmentHorry County Police Department

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Hundreds of volunteers have joined the search for a missing 4 year-old autistic boy who disappeared while visiting his grandparents for Christmas in South Carolina. Jayden Morrison, who does not speak, was last seen in red pajamas at his grandmother's house on Christmas Eve in Little River, near Myrtle Beach.

Police, K9 units, dive teams and volunteers have combed a five to 10-mile radius, including wooded areas and bodies of water, in search of Jayden. A few leads — including scraps found in wood and red cloth — have been found in the search, officials told NBC News affiliate WMBF. Lt. Raul Denis, from the Horry County Police Department, told WMBF that authorities have not ruled out the possibility abduction.

Horry County Fire and Rescue confirmed to to WMBF that Jayden's family is from New York, so the area is unfamiliar territory for the child. Jayden's father, Andre Morrison, traveled to South Carolina to join Jayden's mother, Tabatha Morrison, in the search efforts as soon as he heard the news of his son's disappearance, WMBF reported.

— Cassandra Vinograd