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Missing Claiborne Parish toddler unites community


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Over a hundred community members gathered in prayer for missing 4-year-old Rondreiz “Junior” Phillips of Claiborne Parish.

The toddler has been missing since last Thursday. Shiela Phillips, the mother of the missing boy, reported her son missing Thursday morning, April 5.
Phillips said the child was last seen playing in the yard near their home on Howard Road in Lisbon.

Local, state and federal authorities have been searching for him for a week in the woods and surrounding waters. The toddler was last seen wearing black and yellow rubber boots, a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The prayer vigil was organized in support of Phillips by a group of mothers who have experienced loss.

Savannah Dwair, one of the organizers of the event, said she organized the vigil to bring comfort to Shiela Phillips and to let her family know they have support.In addition to law enforcement looking for the child, hundreds of community members have been searching the woods near the family’s home, but Phillips said she does not believe her son is out there.

She believes her child was taken.
The Louisiana State Police issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Media Advisory on behalf of the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office for the missing child.Since Wednesday, the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s office has called off the public search but are continuing to privately search the area.

The FBI is offering $5,000 to anyone with information that will lead them to Rondreiz Phillips.
Rondreiz Phillips is described as a black male child with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 3’ tall and weighs about 45 pounds. Tips can be called into the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-927-2011 or 1-800-810-2011.

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Missing Claiborne Parish toddler unites community