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Video above: The Latest A 20-month-old toddler goes missing in Savannah. He is now presumed dead. Her mother is the prime suspect. But there is no body. And no criminal charges have been filed. Here’s what we know right now about the search for Quinton Simon. Check back for updates as they develop Click here for the latest update from Wednesday October 5 Quinton is seen around 6am in his park at his Buckhalter Road home He is missing around 9 a.m. and police were contacted.Chatham County Police, Savannah A patrol mounted by police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a K-9 team from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and a traffic control helicopter mosquitoes participate in research. search, without success. Buckhalter Road and nearby roads are temporarily closed during the day. investigation and there is no evidence that Quinton is no longer alive. Below: The Chatham County Police Chief provides an update on the search for a missing child. Your grandparents, Thomas and Billie Jo Howell, about the boy and the ongoing research. Below: The missing child’s grandparents discuss the search on Friday, October 7. Chief Hadley provides an update on the case during his regular presentation to Chatham County Commissioners. In court documents obtained by WJCL, it is learned that the grandparents are the ones with custody of Quinton and that the grandmother was trying to remove the child’s mother, Leilani Simon, and her boyfriend, Daniel Youngkin, from of the House. Lives in Peace’ Gallery: Family Photos of Quinton Simon Chatham County Police release a statement saying detectives are working 18-20 hour days and some outdoor searches are continuing, including a search for a pond. and the pond. Saturday, October 8 The Chatham County Police Department releases a statement stating that the search is continuing, they do not need volunteers and the FBI is still assisting with the investigation. On Sunday, October 9, the CCPD issues a statement indicating that it is again reviewing specific areas in Quinton’s research. The CCPD establishes a hotline for information on the case: 912-667-3134. a press conference providing the latest information on the investigation. Watch it in full in the video below. Chatham Fire is called to the house to pump out the backyard pool. WJCL requests the initial 911 call made by Quinton’s mother. The request is denied by the county attorney, citing the ongoing investigation. , that we got it right,” said Chief Hadley. A 911 call obtained by WJCL shows Quinton’s mother found the front door open and said she believed someone had come in and taken him away. On Tuesday, October 11, Chatham County Police release a statement saying they have seized evidence they believe will lead to the closure of the investigation. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children releases a statement on the case. The following is from John Bischoff, Vice President of the Division’s Missing Children Division: “As the search for Quinton Simon approaches one week, we encourage the community to continue sharing Quinton’s story. This case has touched the hearts of countless people beyond the Savannah community and anyone, no matter where you live, can get involved in helping find him. Here at the National Center we know that it only takes one person to bring home a missing child and we will not lose hope until Quinton is found. We are here to support law enforcement as they continue to work diligently to find Quinton and bring him home safely. We will be at his home where he was last seen with a team of search dogs and investigators. We will spend today gathering and analyzing evidence. We plan to schedule a press conference tomorrow.” https://www.facebook.com/WJCLNews/messages/pfbid02ds33i4LW3C3Vpaab4r6BAR2ZsUMqFuSYFAMve2JXdm97eGXg2aowNf4Up7osXzMol[/facebookChatham County Police later issue a statement saying, in part:”We are saddened to report that CCPD and the FBI have notified Quinton Simon’s family that we believe he is deceased. We have named his mother, Leilani Simon, as the prime suspect in his disappearance and death. But, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.”A press conference is scheduled for Thursday. Thursday, October 13Chatham County Police and the FBI held a joint press conference in which they said their search has led them to believe Quinton is dead, but no body has been found. The investigation is ongoing, and the child’s mother is the prime suspect but has not yet been charged. Police say the investigation into what happened to Quinton remains ongoing.WJCL speaks with a legal expert about why Leilani Simon could have been named a ‘prime suspect’ in the case ahead of criminal charges being filed. Friday, October 14The Chatham County Police Department announces they don’t believe there will be any searches for Quinton through Sunday. Investigators will continue, however, to gather and analyze evidence during that time.A memorial forms outside Quinton’s home.Tuesday, October 18Police and the FBI say Quinton’s remains were placed in a dumpster and taken to a nearby landfill. Now an extensive search of the landfill is underway in the hopes of finding the child’s remains. Drone video provided by CCPD shows the search at the landfill beginning.Wednesday, October 19The search continues at the landfill.Multiple witnesses say Leilani Simon and her mother, Billie Jo Howell, were seen drinking shots at a Tybee Island establishment.WJCL also learned that police were called to a Tybee motel twice after hecklers discovered Quinton’s family members were staying there.Friday, October 21Chatham County Commissioners approve a reallocation of funds to cover $250,000 in expenses from the search for Quinton Simon.Due to exposure to health and safety hazards, the search at the landfill is paused for the weekend.Saturday, October 22Police confirm several protesters were arrested outside the Simon family home, where Quinton was last seen. Monday, October 24The search at the landfill resumes.In an interview, Leilani Simon says she hopes her son will be found “happy and alive” and said she is not hiding from law enforcement.Wednesday, October 26The Chatham County Police Department issues a statement on the ongoing search:”We are now three weeks into our search for Quinton Simon, and finding him remains the top priority for the Chatham County Police Department. We are committed to giving Quinton the professional, detailed, and thorough investigation that he deserves.Thanks to the expertise of the FBI — who was on the ground with us w/in 3 hours of Quinton being reported missing — we have had the advantage of using every investigative & technological tool available.No expense has been spared, no work has been deemed too much or too difficult to undertake.The exhaustive search of the landfill where we believe Quinton’s remains are located continues. As we told you last week, this is not a quick process.At the same time, our investigative case team is working diligently to put together every piece of evidence to determine the facts in this case.The search for Quinton has been the most massive undertaking ever for our department, and has involved the work of well over 100 law enforcement and civilian personnel.We would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with manpower, expertise, and equipment during the last three weeks:FBI, GBI, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Savannah Police Department, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham Emergency Management Agency, Chatham Emergency Services, Savannah Fire Department, Chatham County Parks and Recreation, Chatham County Occupational Safety, Waste Management”

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A 20-month-old toddler disappears in Savannah. He is now presumed dead. His mother is the prime suspect.

But there is no body. And no criminal charges have been filed.

Here is what we know right now about the search for Quinton Simon. Check back for updates as they develop.

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Wednesday, October 5

Quinton is seen around 6 a.m. in his playpen at his Buckhalter Road home.

He is noticed missing around 9 a.m. and the police are contacted.

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Chatham County Police, Savannah Police mounted patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team and a Mosquito Control helicopter take part in the search.

Below: Raw video: Mosquito Control helicopter aids in search for missing Chatham County toddler

Neighbors also assist in the search, without success.

Buckhalter Road and nearby roads are temporarily closed during the day.

Below: Search begins for missing toddler

Thursday, October 6

Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley holds a press conference saying, in part, police are treating the case as a missing person investigation and there is no evidence to indicate Quinton is no longer alive.

Below: Chatham County Police Chief gives update on missing toddler search

WJCL speaks with Quinton’s grandparents, Thomas and Billie Jo Howell, about the boy and the ongoing search.

Below: Grandparents of missing child discuss search

Friday, October 7

Chief Hadley provides an update on the case during his regularly scheduled presentation to Chatham County Commissioners.

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In court documents obtained by WJCL, it is learned that the grandparents are the ones who have custody of Quinton and that the grandmother was trying to remove the child’s mother, Leilani Simon, and her boyfriend, Daniel Youngkin, from the home.

Below: Court documents show ‘no one is living in peace’


Gallery: Family Photos of Quinton Simon

Chatham County Police issue a statement reading detectives are working 18-20 hour days and some outdoor searches continue, including a search of a pond.

Searches are conducted on the home, a backyard pool and the pond.

Saturday, October 8

The Chatham County Police Department issues a statement saying the search continues, they are not in need of volunteers and the FBI is still aiding in the investigation.

Sunday, October 9

CCPD issues a statement saying they are re-canvassing specific areas in the search for Quinton.

CCPD establishes a tipline for information surrounding the case: 912-667-3134.

Monday, October 10

Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley holds a press conference providing the latest on the investigation. Watch it in full in the video below.

Chatham Fire is called to the home to pump the backyard pool.

WJCL requests the initial 911 call placed by Quinton’s mom. The request is denied by the county attorney, citing the ongoing investigation.

“We want to make sure we do this as professionally and as expertly as we can, so if– and I say if — we have to prosecute anyone in this case, that we’ve done it right,” said Chief Hadley.

A 911 dispatch call obtained by WJCL shows that Quinton’s mother found the front door open and said she believed someone came in and took him.

Tuesday, October 11

Chatham County Police issue a statement saying they have seized evidence they believe will lead to closure in the investigation.

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issues a statement on the case. The following is from John Bischoff, vice president of the division’s missing children division:

“As the search for Quinton Simon nears the one-week mark, we encourage the community to keep sharing Quinton’s story. This case has touched the hearts of countless people beyond the Savannah community and anyone, no matter where you live, can get involved to help find him. Here at the National Center, we know that all it takes is one person to bring a missing child home and we will not give up hope until Quinton is found. We’re here to support law enforcement as they continue to work diligently to find Quinton and safely bring him home.”

Wednesday, October 12

The Chatham County Police Department issues a statement which reads, “Today marks one week since Quinton Simon was reported missing. We will be at his home where he was last seen with a team of search dogs and investigators. We will spend today gathering and analyzing evidence. We expect to schedule a media briefing tomorrow.”

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Chatham County Police later release a statement saying, in part:

“We are saddened to report that the CCPD and FBI have informed Quinton Simon’s family that we believe he is deceased. We have named his mother, Leilani Simon, as the prime suspect in his disappearance and death. But no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.”

A press conference is scheduled for Thursday.

Thursday October 13

Chatham County Police and the FBI held a joint press conference at which they said their search led them to believe Quinton was dead, but no body was found. The investigation is ongoing and the mother of the child is the main suspect but has not yet been charged.

Police say the investigation into what happened to Quinton is still ongoing.

WJCL speaks with a legal expert why Leilani Simon could have been named a ‘prime suspect’ in the case before criminal charges were filed.

friday october 14

The Chatham County Police Department says they don’t believe there will be a search for Quinton until Sunday. Investigators will, however, continue to collect and analyze evidence during this time.

A memorial forms in front of Quinton’s house.

tuesday october 18

Police and the FBI say Quinton’s remains were placed in a dumpster and taken to a nearby landfill.

Now an extensive search of the dump is underway in hopes of finding the child’s remains.

Drone video provided by CCPD shows the search at the start of the dump.

Wednesday October 19

Research continues at the landfill.

Multiple witnesses claim that Leilani Simon and her mother, Billie Jo Howell, were seen drinking shots at a Tybee Island establishment.

WJCL also learned that police were called twice to a motel in Tybee after hecklers discovered members of Quinton’s family were staying there.

friday 21 october

Chatham County Commissioners Approve a reallocation of funds to cover $250,000 of research-related expenses for Quinton Simon.

Due to exposure to health and safety hazards, research at the landfill is halted for the weekend.

Saturday October 22

The police confirm several protesters were arrested outside the Simon family home, where Quinton was last seen.

monday october 24

The search at the landfill resumes.

In an interview, Leilani Simon says she hopes her son is found “happy and alive” and says she is not hiding from law enforcement.

Wednesday October 26

The Chatham County Police Department releases a statement on the ongoing search:

“We are now three weeks into our search for Quinton Simon, and finding him remains the Chatham County Police Department’s top priority. We are committed to giving Quinton the professional, detailed and thorough investigation he deserves.

Thanks to the expertise of the FBI – who were on the ground with us within 3 hours of Quinton’s disappearance – we had the advantage of using every investigative tool and technology available.

No expense was spared, no job was deemed too heavy or too difficult to undertake.

The exhaustive search for the landfill where we believe Quinton’s remains are continuing. As we told you last week, this is not a quick process.

At the same time, our team of investigators are working diligently to gather all the evidence to determine the facts of this case.

The search for Quinton was the most massive undertaking ever undertaken by our department and involved the work of more than 100 law enforcement and civilian personnel.

We would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with manpower, expertise and equipment over the past three weeks: FBI, GBI, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Savannah Police Department , Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham Emergency Management Agency, Chatham Emergency Services, Savannah Fire Department, Chatham County Parks and Recreation, Chatham County Occupational Safety, Waste Management”