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Police search landfill regarding missing Searcy toddler

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV)- New details were released Thursday on search efforts for two-year-old Malik Drummond's who disappeared from his father's home in Searcy three months ago.

Searcy police say more than 200 people have called in tips and leads since the toddler was last seen in November. Most of them have been sightings, many from out of the state, and some from out of the country.

Corporal Steve Hernandez explained, they've responded to all of them, but still no answers. "Continuously every day, we have detectives that are looking into this case," said Corporal Hernandez.

They haven't ruled anybody out as possibly being a suspect.

They have received five leads this month. The most promising lead was called in last month, a sighting in Texas was reported.

"When they sent us a picture, it looked similar to Malik, and we got Dallas police involved," said Corporal Hernandez. "They went to the area where the sighting was, but they were able to confirm that was not Malik though."

Searcy police are still working with the FBI, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well other law enforcement agencies.

Beginning the first week of January, law enforcement agencies searched a landfill in Hazen. The landfill is where the trash in Searcy is taken to. Officials thoroughly went through approximately 750 tons of trash. "To give people an idea of how specific this search is, they're actually finding nickels and dimes."

Joy Sexton says with the help of about eight people in the community, they go out and search for Malik almost daily. "We've been everywhere, again and again, and we just go to different counties too, you know, and look." The volunteer crew encourages people to pray for the toddler at their local church. "I will ask them to pray for Malik and everybody will start praying for him."

Tanya Drummond, Malik's mother spoke to THV11 off camera and said at this point, she's taking her son's disappearance day by day.

Police encourage people to call with even the smallest detail that may help in their search.