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Ark. Guard joins search for missing child

Feb. 13, 2009 - 09:56AM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 13, 2009 - 09:56AM  |  
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CHIDESTER, Ark. The search for a missing 3-year-old boy in Ouachita County continued Friday, with 60 Arkansas National Guard soldiers joining the effort.

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CHIDESTER, Ark. The search for a missing 3-year-old boy in Ouachita County continued Friday, with 60 Arkansas National Guard soldiers joining the effort.

Dominique Arceneaux vanished Tuesday afternoon while playing outside his home near White Oak Lake in the Chidester area. The sheriff's office said Friday morning that the boy still had not been found and that aircraft may be used to help in the effort.

The search area has included the lake, nearby paths, roads and woods, and law officers have questioned registered sex offenders in the region. Law enforcement agencies and numerous volunteers have taken part in the effort to find the child.

Sheriff David Norwood said there is no indication of what may have happened to the little boy.

"There is no evidence that is pointing us in any direction at this time," Norwood said.

Family members have been questioned about anyone that could be connected to the child's disappearance. The sheriff said officers have spoken to about 25 people and have gone to the homes of registered sex offenders in Ouachita County and the surrounding region to see if they could find a connection.

Among others questioned were patrons of the Hog Wild Bar, which is near the Arceneaux home.

The back yard of the Arceneaux's home slopes to the lake, and there is no fence to impede access. Norwood said the boy's mother told him that Dominique is afraid of water.

Norwood said the search will continue until the boy is found.

"We'll just keep looking and looking, over and over again," he said.

Divers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have been searching the lake, and officials say the divers may widen the search area.

Authorities say Dominique was playing in a wheelbarrow in the home of his yard when his mother, Amber Arceneaux, noticed she no longer heard his voice. People at the house looked for the boy, and called the sheriff's office when they could not find him.

Arceneaux's father is in the military and stationed in Georgia. He was to travel home to be with his family.

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