PHOTO LEAD REVITALIZES SEARCH FOR MISSING AUTISTIC TEEN, SEBASTIAN ROGERS, FROM HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE

PHOTO LEAD REVITALIZES SEARCH FOR MISSING AUTISTIC TEEN, SEBASTIAN ROGERS, FROM HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE

Search for Missing Autistic Teen: New Lead Emerges

Search for Missing Autistic Teen: New Lead Emerges

The search for Sebastian Rogers, a missing autistic teen from Hendersonville, Tennessee, has been ongoing for over two months with no significant breakthroughs until a recent photo, possibly depicting Sebastian, surfaced. The photograph, captured at a visitor center in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, has become a new lead for investigators and has been widely circulated on social media, according to Daily Mail.

Sebastian vanished from his home on February 26, reportedly leaving barefoot with only a flashlight in hand. The State Bureau of Investigation issued a missing child alert the same day, and a woman, who believes to possibly have photographed Sebastian at the rest stop, has come forward with the image. This lead has compelled authorities to intensify their efforts to not only identify, but also to locate the boy in the photo to rule out or confirm its relevance to Sebastian's case, as reported by NewsChannel5.

"We are doing everything we can do...every time a tip comes down we follow up," Eric Craddock, chief deputy with the Sumner County sheriff, said in a statement. Meanwhile, the mysterious snapshot has fueled the community's hope and prompted public calls for the individual or family of the person in the photo to come forward.

Sebastian's grandmother expressed an ambivalent sentiment, stating that she is "50/50 on whether it might be him," as she, alongside countless others, clings to hope. On the ground, Sebastian's father, Seth Rogers, has been tirelessly searching for his son, possibly dedicating himself full-time to the pursuit, according to journalist Nick Beres, who has been covering the case since the teen's disappearance. This relentless quest takes place amid piecemeal clues, such as the yet-to-be-explained light sources captured on video the night Sebastian went missing, as detailed on Siracusa Arte e Cultura.

In spite of setbacks, including the scaling back of the search efforts and the Cajun Navy's withdrawal due to safety concerns, the investigation presses on. Police continue to "work" on each new piece of evidence, holding onto a slim thread of possibility that a major break in the case is within reach. Individuals who might have information related to Sebastian Rogers are urged to contact authorities at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The family, law enforcement, and the community at large are steadfast in their commitment, hoping the recent photo will shed light on the whereabouts of the young boy whose disappearance has mystified and concerned many.

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