CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Twenty years after a 5-year-old boy vanished while playing along a West Virginia mountainside, his parents hold the belief that their only child is still alive.
Victor Dwight Shoemaker Jr. never emerged with his two cousins from the woods behind his grandfather's mobile home in Hampshire County on May 1, 1994.
No trace of the boy has been found. Investigators who spent years pursuing the case say they are no closer to figuring out what happened to the boy known as J.R.
His father, Victor Shoemaker Sr., believes his son was abducted.
Shoemaker says he and his wife, Nettie, are praying for a miracle.
State Police and the FBI hope the 20th anniversary of the disappearance helps bring the case closer to being solved.