Pulaski Sheriff: Cause of Noah Thomas's death not known

Published: Mar. 26, 2015 at 7:04 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM EDT
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PULASKI, VA (WWBT) - In a brief news conference Thursday, Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said there are no suspects and no arrests concerning the discovery of Noah Thomas's body.

Noah, a 5-year-old boy reported missing from his home on March 22, was found dead Thursday.

Investigators from the FBI and the Pulaski Sheriff's Department said Noah's body was found in a septic tank. During the news conference, Davis said the cause of the boy's death is under investigation.

"I know he's up there [in heaven] looking down," said Noah's uncle, Jason Thomas, in an interview Thursday. "I want to thank everyone that helped look for him, and, you know, that means the world to us."

The FBI will be providing forensic support, assisting Pulaski authorities with the collection and analysis of evidence.

Police received more than 100 tips from around the country in the search for Noah. Some tipsters said they had seen the boys, while others reported suspicious vehicles in the child's neighborhood.

Noah was last seen on Sunday morning by his mom at the family's Dublin home.

Authorities have said they did not suspect foul play and the family was cooperating.

The discovery comes hours after the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office announced a $5,000 reward for tips in the case.

A post to the Help Find Missing Noah Thomas Facebook page confirmed the discovery saying, "We do know that Noah has been found and he is deceased... We are going to be with our families right now and explain to our children what is going on. Please say a prayer for everyone who searched for Noah, made donations, printed flyers, shared his pictures, and wanted to see him come home safe. Everyone pulled together and worked so hard! #RIP #Noah"

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