Braylen Noble, 3, is missing from the 3400 block of Gibraltar Heights. Crews are searching for the child near Byrne Road and Airport Highway and in Swan Creek.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Three-year-old Braylen Noble was reported missing by his mother on Friday after she says he disappeared from their Hunters Ridge apartment on Gibraltar Heights Drive in south Toledo.
The family says Braylen is non-verbal. He was wearing a red and white Mickey Mouse T-shirt at the time he went missing.
Monday, September 7
The search will continue Monday as Braylen Noble is still missing. Police and search crews looked all weekend for the three-year-old and aren’t giving up.
WTOL spoke to Kim Sorter, one of the volunteers organizing the searches for Braylen, who says they are expanding the search to a three-mile radius on Labor Day.
Anyone 18 years or older wishing to join in the search for Braylen can go to the Hunters Ridge apartment complex Monday morning. A command post has been set up the white gazebo in the park for volunteers, and Sorter says they are going to organize groups of three or more to go out and look for Braylen.
Sorter says volunteers should bring masks, gloves and walking sticks if possible to help you look through the woods near the apartment complex.
Search crews will be venturing out down Airport, Arlington and Byrne on Monday, and several people are needed to help canvas the area. Sorter says they are also looking for a large group to go out to Swan Creek.
If you aren’t able to join in the search but still want to help, you can bring water and snacks to the volunteer command post.
Anyone who sees or hears anything about Braylen should contact the police immediately. Volunteers are reminded not to touch anything they find.
As of noon, there were at least 50 people on a grid search going upstream, searching within a 3-mile radius. Volunteers are also going around putting up flyers in the neighborhood.
Braylen’s mom was out with the search party again Monday morning, and she has been helping since day 1.
She was questioned last night by police but she was not taken into custody.
His mom told WTOL 11 Sunday night that Braylen last was seen in his bedroom. She was in the back balcony and his grandmother was in the living room.
There was a window open, so the assumption is he fell out the window because the screen was pushed in but his mom didn’t see actually fall.
Braylen is non-verbal and has autism, but he does cry a lot, she said.
Sorter is also asking that the public stops the accusations and threats towards Braylen’s mother.
Family members of Braylen and neighbors have been questioned by police as the search continues, but no arrests have been made.
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information. The investigation is ongoing.
Sunday, September 6
Toledo Police continued their search for the 3-year-old along with volunteers from the community on Sunday.
The FBI also confirms that they are assisting in the search.
Just after 9 p.m. WTOL 11 spoke with Braylen’s mother Dajnae Cox at the apartment complex.
Cox clarified she can’t be sure that Braylen fell out of the window, but based on where Braylen and Braylen’s grandmother were in the apartment at the time, and because she saw the window the screen was pushed out, she can’t think of any other possibility.
She said there’s no way Braylen could have snuck past both her and Braylen’s grandmother, as both were in the apartment at the time.
Braylen’s mother says she was not arrested on Sunday, although there were rumors that she was.
She is also asking for people to join in the search for her son.
Around 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, the FBI – Cleveland Division announced an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the successful recovery of Braylen.
Anyone with information is asked to call 419-255-1111.
Agents are speaking with family members, neighbors, and urge anyone that may have info to get in touch with law enforcement.
Searchers began looking for Braylen early in the morning on Sunday in the area around Hunters Ridge including at surrounding apartment complexes and around Swan Creek.
Dive teams also searched the water behind the apartments on Sunday afternoon but were unable to turn up any signs of the child.
At 4 p.m., searchers and members of Braylen’s family held a moment of silence in the parking lot of the apartment complex.
Braylen’s family also asked that people stop spreading negative rumors on social media about what may have happened to the missing boy.
Saturday, September 5
Around 7 p.m. on Saturday, searchers said they found a blanket that had blood on it in a cemetery across the street from the Hunters Ridge Apartments.
However, Braylen’s mother, upon looking at it, said the blanket did not belong to the family.
A separate group of searchers also found what appeared to be a freshly dug hole in the woods nearby that had a two-by-four board next to it.
According to a witness, a police officer who saw the hole said it had not been there before.
Police stress that neither of these developments can be conclusively linked to the 3-year-old’s disappearance at this time and they are still investigating.
K9s units were once again deployed in the Swan Creek area near Gibraltar Heights Drive on Saturday.
Friday, September 4
On Friday night Toledo police wrapped up search efforts for the missing 3-year-old boy around 10 p.m. Crews said visibility issues were the cause for suspending the search.
Police said his mother is not a suspect nor do they suspect foul play.
Braylen Noble, 3, was reported missing on Friday from the 3400 block of Gibraltar Heights Drive at the Hunters Ridge apartments.
The search began around 12:30 p.m. Friday when Braylen’s mother called police because she couldn’t find her son.
She said he jumped or fell out of a third-floor apartment window shortly after 12 p.m. and she hasn’t seen him since.
Officers say they looked throughout the entire apartment complex and knocked on doors at all of the surrounding buildings to look for the boy.
They also looked behind the apartment, where there is a body of water.
There were rumors of him being found, however, officials said those are just rumors and they’ve found no sign of Braylen.
The child last was seen wearing a long-sleeved red and white Mickey Mouse shirt.
Braylen is nonverbal, police said.
Toledo Police are searching the areas of South Byrne Road and Airport Highway, and the area by the apartment complex in the 3400 block of Gibraltar Heights Drive.
They were aided by Toledo Fire and Rescue as well, however, TFRD have ceased their portion of the search. TPD is continuing to look or Braylen.