LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - Volunteers gathered to meet at a Little River gymnastics center to continue the search, racing to find 4-year-old Jayden Morrison. Hours later, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirmed the body of Morrison was found in a pond behind a home on Vermillion Street.
Jayden's family came down from New York for Christmas.
Before Jayden's body was found, his mother pleaded, "I just want my baby home safely if you know where he is, if you've seen him, you know who has him, please just drop him off," said Tabatha Morrison.
Jayden was under the watch of his grandmother, Wednesday night, when she said she believes he walked out of the front door.
Since then, hundreds of people from volunteers to fire to police overtook the area and searched on foot through the woods and water, doing what they could to find the child.
SCDOT officials brought in lights, because the family said Jayden likes yellow lights.
Elmo and Dora music filled the streets and areas of the search, in hopes Jayden would follow the music to safety.
Brunswick County brought in a helicopter and SLED divers scoured bodies of water closeby.
"We have been investigating it from every point of view. We have actually had officers that have located or found out where all the sex offenders are in the area and we've actually been in touch with those sex offenders and searching houses as much as possible so we don't want to rule anything out," said Chief Saundra Rhodes, Horry County Police, prior to the discovery of Jayden's body.
Police said everyone involved have been cooperating with the search for Jayden. Police said they checked homes in the area, where no one is living and looked for anyone in the area that had surveillance footage from the time Jayden went missing.
The search ended on its third day.