Family thankful for community support in search of boy

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- The family of Jyquez Miller, 9, extended its thanks to the community for the search and recovery of the boy who went missing in the freezing temperatures Tuesday night.

"On behalf of the the Miller-Pace family I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that looked for Jyquez Tuesday night through Wednesday morning," said Eric Pace, Jyquez's uncle.

During a news conference at Albany Police Department's Law

Enforcement Center Pace said Jyquez was still at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital recovering.

"He is coming back to normal and nothing is significantly medically wrong," said Pace.

Jyquez's uncle said the boy suffered from hypothermia but was in good health otherwise.

"I can assure everyone that is concerned that Jyquez is going to be a normal 9-year-old and will be fine," he said.

Detectives said the support from the community and the number of search volunteers was overwhelming in this case.

"We underestimate how people come together in times of crisis. It goes to show that there are still a lot of people out there that still care what happens to other people and their families," said Det. Tywon Heath.

APD detectives said they have no person of interest in this case and are not pursuing any suspects.

"The only thing that we can confirm is that Jyquez was outside all night long. We do not suspect foul play," said Heath.

Detectives said they were still investigating the reason for Jyquez's disappearance Tuesday night, but have not provided any details.

"We are still investigating, so we cannot go into that at this time," said Heath.

Pace said he and the family appreciate the rapid response from the police department and the professionalism of everyone involved.

"We are grateful that people found it in their hearts to come out and support us," he said. "We can't express the gratitude that this family feels for everyone (involved in the search for Jyquez)."

In the search for Jyquez, APD requested help from a number of other law enforcement agencies including, the Dougherty County Police Department, the Dougherty County Sheriff's office, Albany State

University Police, Darton Police, Lee County Corrections staff and tracking dogs, Lee County Sheriff's Department, WG&L, FBI and GBI and police departments in Sylvester, Terrell, Sumter and Mitchell Counties.

Detectives also thanked First Monumental Faith Church and the Dougherty County School System for use of their facilities during the church.

The Salvation Army and Another Level Motorcycle Club also assisted civilian volunteers in the search for Jyquez.