On October 5, 2000, Tristen "Buddy" Myers of Sampson County walked out of his house in Sampson County with his two dogs. The dogs eventually returned, but Tristen never did. Hundreds of searchers went looking for the boy, but nothing turned up.
Now one of the region's most baffling criminal cases is on the verge of being solved, and a little boy may soon be going home to his family. Authorities in Chicago conducted DNA tests Monday on a boy, who shares the same facial features, scars and speech impediment as Tristen Myers of Sampson County. Myers has been missing for nearly three years.
Sampson County Sheriff's Sergeant Darold Cox says the chin, the ears, eyes, speech impediment, scars look similar to Buddy. Jamie Richmond says he was told that x-rays showed the boy had the same breaks in his leg as Tristen.