Investigators believe that a body found in a pond in Laurinburg, North Carolina, is that of missing 4-year-old Raul Gonzalez Johnson.
FBI investigators said the body was found in a pond off Peabridge Road, less than a mile from Crestline Road where Raul Gonzalez Johnson was last seen.
The Scotland County Medical Examiner's Office is working to confirm the identity and cause of death.
Raul and his 6-year-old sister were being watched by their grandfather, who noticed the boy was missing around 11:30 a.m.
Friday, FBI and the Sheriff explained they have not drained the pond because they need permission from the landowner.
Kersey's voice cracked, and he struggled to speak during the news conference. An elderly neighbor who gives the boy cookies and snacks every morning said he walked over to her house as usual on Weds., then walked away when she told him to go home.
No foul play is suspected in Raul's disappearance so far, Kersey said Thursday, though the Amber Alert all along has listed the case as an abduction.
Over four days, multiple local, state and federal agencies, including departments from Charlotte and Florence, S.C., helped with the search. He has black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing an orange tiger-striped shirt with tigers on it along with white trousers with rocket ships on the side.
When Kersey was asked if he thought Raul was still alive, the sheriff said: "By faith I believe the little boy is still alive and that's what I have to stand on". A piece of clothing that could be from Raul's pajamas also had been found, but had not been confirmed. More than a dozen ground search teams combed the area Friday.
"We've got trained people out there, they've come from all over North and SC, and hopefully this will be over soon", Kersey said.
Kersey urged anyone with information to come forward. "Just hoping he's still out there", said Annie Johnson earlier in the week.