On Jan. 14, 2-year-old Noah Chamberlin went missing while walking near the woods of his family’s Pinson, Tennessee, home with his grandmother and 4-year-old sister.
The intensive search spanned 1,000 acres and included up to 450 volunteer searchers, but the case ended in tragedy on Jan. 21, when Noah’s was found just outside the search grid, WBBJ reported. The story garnered national attention when the hashtag #FindNoah was used to organize supporters.
No foul play is suspected in Noah’s death, but is unclear when he died.
“We have interviewed the entire family multiple times,” Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver told The Jackson Sun. “We can find no reason, none whatsoever, to discredit them.”
Tom Mapes, a spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, told New York Daily News that he hopes people don’t start rumors about the family. “They’re suffering. We need help not hindrance,” he said.
Jacob and Destiny Chamberlin, Noah’s parents, haven’t issued a statement about their son’s death, but Gary Rinks, Jacob’s colleague, described him as religious. "Jacob is a very Christian young man. He's very inspirational as far as believing in the good Lord,” he told WREG.
The rumors that Noah’s family was involved in his disappearance “truly upsets me very much so because I know the young man as he is. Like I say, a Christian man and he loves his family," Rinks added.