Police in Georgia have said the chances of finding the body of missing toddler Quinton Simon are “low” after a nearly monthlong search that turned from a rescue operation into a recovery mission, with the child’s mother named as the primary suspect.
After “thousands of hours of investigating and gathering evidence,” the Chatham County Police Department said in a Twitter thread Wednesday they still believed 20-month-old Simon’s remains were somewhere in a landfill outside Savannah.
However, they said that while authorities including FBI agents continued to “work tirelessly” to recover the toddler’s remains, they knew “going into this landfill search, the odds of recovering Quinton’s remains were low.”
The update came just over two weeks after Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said investigators had “every belief” they would find Simon’s remains at the landfill.
The police department said Wednesday that “most landfill searches do not end in a recovery due to many factors including volume of trash to search and compression of the debris.”
“The landfill search has been a task more grueling (than) anyone could imagine,” police added.