Search continues for missing Pinellas boy

The search for Cameron J. Bullard is expected to continue overnight, if necessary, officials say.

Cameron Bullard. Family photo
Cameron Bullard. Family photo

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Crews resumed search by land and seas Sunday morning for the missing 9-year-old boy in Pinellas County.

Cameron Bullard disappeared Saturday while at St. Pete Beach. He was last seen on the beach near 18th Avenue beach access. Late Saturday afternoon, the picturesque scenery at St. Pete Beach was interrupted by the sound of rescue crews. As helicopters flew overhead, boats swept the coastline and deputies combed the sandy shore – all in search of Cameron.

“We are actively searching for Cameron as we speak,” Pinellas County sheriff’s Cpl Spencer Gross said.

Pinellas County deputies say the 9-year-old spent the afternoon at the beach with his family. About 3:20 p.m., he went into the water and has not been seen since.

“We have to take everything into consideration,” Gross said. “The fact that he may have been in the water, or he may be somewhere else so we’re searching land and water.”

As Cameron’s family members held one another, beach goers prayed for the best. Sapphire Lynch has a child of her own and can’t imagine the pain and uncertainty Cameron’s loved ones are going through.

“It just makes you really sad and sick to your stomach,” Lynch said.

Lynch was on the beach when the boy went missing. She said the swimming conditions were not ideal and there were no lifeguards.

She said, “It was a little bit choppy,” Lynch said of the water. “It was a little bit windy. There had been some stormy, a little bit rainy weather coming through.”

As the sun began to set, official said the search would continue throughout the night and the crews are not going to give up.

“We hope that we find Cameron as soon as possible, safe,” said Gross.

Marine rescue teams had to scale back the search because of the darkness and the rough waters, but more crews will resume the search Sunday morning at 7 a.m.

If you have any information about where he can be, please contact law enforcement.

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