ROSEBORO, N.C. -- Four-year-old Tristen "Buddy" Myers disappeared from his rural Sampson County home nearly a decade ago. His disappearance unfolded just months after the boy came to live with relatives in North Carolina. Roseboro residents and investigators still hold out hope they will find out what happened.
The blond hair, blue eyed little boy was a typical 4 year old, full of energy and life. Myers was last seen at his home in Roseboro, that's between Raleigh and Wilmington.
Roseboro resident Tracy Rios remembers it like it was yesterday. "Me and some my friends would get together and different nights and just ride around and see if see if we could see any little boy," she said.
In the small town "Buddy" was all anyone was talking about. "They would say have they found him, if they had any clues to where he was or who took him or what happened to him," Rios said.
But what happened to Myers is still a mystery.
Investigators say Myers wandered off before, but this time was different. He and his aunt dozed off for a nap, but when she awoke the little boy was gone.
"Because of the incident the week before she actually put a buzzer on the back door," said Monica Caison with the Cue Center for Missing Persons. "She did not hear the buzzer that day and really doesn't know what happened, but he did vanish and so did the dogs."
The boys' dogs found their way home days later, clean and fed. "I felt at that time those dogs should have been taken forensically to find where they had been to give us some indication to where Tristen may have been at," said Caison.
Myers remains missing. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He also has a noticeable scar on the left side of his neck.
The story of the missing boy continues to move many in the community including newspaper reporter Jefferson Weaver. "A deputy said we have a little boy missing over in Roseboro, but we're pretty sure we'll find him in a little while and at 11:00 that night that was no longer the case," he said.
Weaver, who covered the story from day one, still wonders what happened. "Just a lack of any kind of closure whatsoever in there is the part that hurts as much as anything else," he said.
And 10 years later, most hold out hope that one day they will know what happened. "I think most people in Roseboro know about Tristen and haven't forgotten about him and still pray," said Caison.