Family holding out hope as search for missing Duncan boy with autism continues

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DUNCAN, Okla. – Family members of an 8-year-old boy who went missing about two weeks ago say they’re ready for some answers.

"He is autistic, he cannot speak and with the terrific downpour of rain that they've had in Duncan and all of the flooding down there, we’re very concerned," Kathy Davidson, the boy’s aunt, said.

That was twelve days ago when Davidson first found out her nephew, Damion Davidson, went missing from his home sometime after 2 a.m.

Davidson says the family is not giving up hope.

"We haven't found anything to give up that hope yet. We haven't found anything besides his little shorts, which he can take those off himself and throw them down,” Davidson said.

Those pajama shorts that he was wearing when he disappeared were found in a nearby creek.

Authorities have partially bulldozed that creek, searching for something else that could lead them to Damion.

"We’re looking at every aspect of it. Everything leads us right to Claridy Creek, the direction he traveled, the video we have of him from different stores and even our canine trackers that basically tracked him right to that creek,” Lt. John Byers, with the Duncan Police Department, said.

Byers says that has the family worried because Davidson can’t swim.

"The creek was up probably in some areas from 12 feet to 15 feet in-depth and we had major flooding here in town,” Byers said.

Byers says thousands of people throughout Stephens County have helped with search efforts, and they’re getting ready to send out another hundred to look through debris on Saturday.

The community support is something Kathy says she’s thankful for.

"It has just been absolutely overwhelming, they just have held us up,” Davidson says.

The search will continue Saturday at 7:30 a.m.