HENDERSON, Tennessee — The body of a 2-year-old boy missing since Jan. 14 was found Thursday in a clearing in the woods near his home in West Tennessee.
Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver announced the discovery during a news conference. Speaking through tears, Weaver called the boy's death a tragic accident, media outlets reported.
Noah Chamberlin of the Pinson community went missing during a walk in the woods with his grandmother and 4-year-old sister. The weeklong search included hundreds of volunteers.
WMC-TV reported that Weaver said finding Noah's body was "not the outcome we wanted, but we felt like we got some peace by bringing him home."
Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner said Noah's body was found on the outskirts of the search area, an area that had only previously been searched one time, The Jackson Sun reported.
The family wants Noah to be remembered as a boy who brought a community together, said Andy Morris, pastor of The Highlands Church in Henderson.
"And they're asking right now that they have time to mourn and to love on each other as they go through this time of loss," Morris said.