PEARLAND, TX (FOX 26 Houston) - Pearland police are calling off citizen searches for a 9-year old boy who went missing Thursday night, saying they are grateful for the crowds who volunteered time during the Thanksgiving holiday to assist.
Now, police are asking business and property owners on Broadway's 5500-7200 blocks in Pearland to review or send police any surveillance footage from 4-7pm Thursday evening.
That's the area where police say a tip suggested Marcus McGee, 9, was reportedly spotted by a store clerk Thursday evening. The location is a short distance from the edge of an airfield where blood hound teams last tracked McGee's scent.
Additionally, in a Facebook post Friday night, Pearland police shared this request with residents:
"We are requesting the assistance of any resident who has a home video monitoring system to review their footage from Thursday November 24th for the missing juvenile. We are targeting the area between Cullen Blvd to Hatfield Rd and Brookside to Bailey Rd. The time frame we are currently focused on is between the evening hours of 4pm and 7pm."
Marcus McGee, who police say is diagnosed with autism, was last seen wearing a black shirt with a green Nike logo and gray sweat pants. He is estimated to be 65 pounds and said to be hyper-sensitive to loud noise.
"I have a daughter diagnosed with autism, so I couldn't even imagine what the parents must be going through," said Ron Patient, one of hundreds of volunteers who assisted in the citizen search for McGee on Friday.
Anyone who spots McGee is asked by police not to approach him. Instead, keep an eye on him while calling police.
"Your initial instinct is going to be to want to comfort him," said a Texas Search and Rescue leader to residents Friday night. "Please do not, because you might cause him more trauma in the long run."
McGee was in town from Connecticut visiting with family on Fite Road. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a green Nike logo and black and gray sweatpants
A sonar and dive search of the body of water on the back of the property from which McGee went missing turned up no results, but police say additional efforts will continue in that and other areas. The officer noted autistic children can be attracted to water.
Anyone with information on Marcus McGee's whereabouts is asked to call Pearland Police Department at 281-997-4100.