Hayden Wilcox found safe after disappearing from Arp home Wednesday night

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UPDATE (8:00 A.M.) – Hayden Wilcox has been found safe by Smith County deputies. He was unharmed.

Authorities said more details would be released later.


UPDATE (6:30 A.M.) – Larry Christian with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office said early Thursday morning that there was no additional information in the disappearance of Hayden Wilcox.

Members of the International Alert Academy, a Christian program that “trains young men to meet needs in times of crisis” based out of Big Sandy will join the search around 6:30 a.m.

Hayden’s mother spoke with KETK’s Cynthia McLaughlin off-camera Thursday morning and said that she does not believe that Hayden is in immediate danger, despite the fact that he has been missing since Wednesday evening.

She also said that he may have been wearing a different outfit than what authorities have released. The mother last remembers Hayden wearing a gray shirt and pants with black and white sneakers.

However, in the official release from Smith County, they have Hayden listed as wearing a red and orange shirt and blue jeans. Residents near the area should keep an eye out for both potential outfits.

Christian said in a brief phone interview with KETK that he is not aware of the second potential outfit, but that he would alert everyone involved in the search.

Multiple East Texas agencies have joined the search for Hayden since he went missing yesterday afternoon.


ARP, Texas (KETK) – East Texas law enforcement are searching for a missing child near Arp.

Smith County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 22300 block of CR 251 around 8:52 p.m. on Wednesday.

Hayden Wilcox, 5, vanished from a residence at this location. The boy is a white child with brown hair and blue eyes. He could be wearing a red and orange shirt and blue jeans.

Deputies do not know how long the child has been missing.

The Smith County Precinct 4 Constables Office, Arp Police Department, Troup Police Department, Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Overton Police Department and local fire departments are assisting with the search for the 5-year-old.

This is a developing story. KETK is working to get you the latest information.

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