Youngsville community shows resiliency; bands together to search for missing boy

Photo Credit: KLFY
Photo Credit: KLFY

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (KLFY) – The body of 6-year- old Keeton Jones was found early this morning in a pond in the Youngsville subdivision of Fortune Hill.

News 10’s Dalfred Jones spoke to the men and women who came together for the extraordinary search for the missing child.

We saw them band together just over a month ago during the great flood of 2016.

No one would’ve guessed tragedy would hit home again this soon but residents of the Fortune Hills subdivision didn’t think twice before helping a neighbor in need.

Keaton Jones (Facebook photo)
Keaton Jones (Facebook photo)

Within minutes of Keaton’s disappearance, dozens of Youngsville residents took to the streets and surrounding areas of the Fortune Hills subdivision.

By nightfall, their search turned up nothing. However, the efforts of first responders and citizen groups continued throughout the night.

“They had been trained to search during the day and night. They had certain search patterns as a group that they had practice before so, we felt pretty confident that we could continue safely throughout the night,” Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux told News 10.

Right alongside first responders were Fortune Hills residents like Philip Schroeder.

He was among the dozens of people searching for Keaton from noon on Sunday, to 4 o’clock Monday morning.

“I am very proud of every single one of us in this neighborhood. I have kids too and we all love our children and we would do anything to keep them safe,” Schroeder said.

Chief Boudreaux added, “This community, as it did in the storms, neighbors became family, in this neighborhood especially.”

Schroeder is encouraging his neighbors to keep a close eye on the neighborhood Facebook page as they hope to do something soon to raise money for the family in their time of need.

A vigil will be held tonight for 6-year-old Keaton Jones, at the Fortune Hills subdivision pond.

People will begin gathering at 7:00 p.m. and the vigil will be at 7:30 p.m.

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