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Amber Alert Issued for Missing 4-Year-Old in San Diego

Wesley Hilaire was last seen with an adult man police believe may have abducted him

Update: At approximately 11 a.m., police said they found the body of the boy. Read the story by clicking here. 

San Diego Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 4-year-old boy they believe was abducted near Mission Bay. 

Wesley Hilaire was reported missing just after dark at 7:44 p.m. on the 3000 block of N Mission Bay Drive in San Diego near the Hilton. Amber Alerts for San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties were issued at approximately 2 a.m. When the alert was issued, police did not have a license plate number for a suspect vehicle. 

Police told NBC7 they are not ruling out any possibilities, but believe the young boy was either abducted or drowned, though they would not release details as to what lead them to issue the Amber Alert. 

Mother Daniesha Hilaire was at the scene through the night and into Sunday morning, passing out fliers with her son's information, hoping that the information would help spread the word and find her son. 

"If anybody sees him, just take him from whoever he's with," Daniesha told NBC7 through tears Saturday night. "He was with my sister at the beach and I was at work and I got a text saying that they couldn't find him at the beach."

Daniesha Hilaire
A photo of Wesley Hilaire courtesy of his mother.

Wesley, who was wearing no shirt and red shorts, was last seen with an adult man who police believe may have abducted him, police said. Wesley is 42 inches tall and weighs approximately 40 pounds, his mother said. He has brown eyes and black hair.

His mother, Daniesha, said he was with his aunt playing with other children in the water. They later got out to go to the restroom and a witness at the scene said they saw a suspect walk the boy away.

Sunday morning, the boy's family said the police said the witness' statements seemed questionable. 

Police described the suspect as a dark-skinned man in his 40s, approximately 6 feet tall, 235 pounds with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, dark blue jeans with a hole in the right knee and flip flops. 

Search crews were looking in the water and in surrounding areas, but when they failed to find him in the water, they turned the scene into a crime scene. A helicopter and police dogs have been called in to aid with the search.

The father recently deployed with the U.S. Navy on the USS George Washington, the mother said. 

"My husband just left last week," she told reporters Sunday morning. "Yes, it’s hard. I talked to him last night. No word on if they're going to fly him in."

During their search in the bay, officials found the adult body of a drowning victim. For more details, click here. 

Police ask anyone with information to dial 911 or call the San Diego Police at (619)-531-2000.

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