Case Type: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Joshua Jayvaughn Davis Jr.
Missing From: New Braunfels, TX
Date of Birth: August 16, 2009
Missing Date: 02/04/11
Age Then: 1
Current Age: 3
Height: 2’0″ Weight: 30 lbs
Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown
Missing Country: USA
Case Number: NCMC1165276
Clothing: Last seen wearing a blue and red button down long sleeve shirt, a gray long sleeve Rocawear shirt, dark blue Rocawear jeans, a beige and white Rocawear onesie, a diaper, and black and white socks
Other: He may be in need of medical attention
Joshua Davis Jr. was 18 months old when he went missing in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas. According to his parents he was last seen on the evening of February 4, 2011. The Davis house was full of people when he vanished.
The missing child’s mother, Sabrina Benitez, spoke on HLN back in 2011 and said she was watching “Toy Story” with Joshua shortly before 8PM Friday evening when he left the room, heading toward where six other adults and another child were. About 10 minutes later, when the boy hadn’t come back to watch the video or pick up a toy, Benitez asked the others about his whereabouts and they all responded that they didn’t know where he went. Everyone in the home checked inside and outside. Within minutes, family members called police who started investigating immediately and sent an alert to 2,500 nearby residents believing the missing toddler walked outside and may be lost.
Benitez believes her son was kidnapped — insisting it would have been all but impossible for him to go outside. Even if he did, Benitez said, he would have been smart enough to try to get back in or would have been spotted by now.
Although New Braunfels Police initially assumed Joshua left the home without anyone noticing or taking him. It’s been over two years and theories have changed with most believing he had been the victim of abduction.
One individual was seen going in and out of the Davis home around the time Joshua disappeared, but that person is not considered a suspect. Police don’t think anyone at the house took him and no Amber Alert had been issued for him because such an alert typically requires solid evidence that an abduction occurred.
Still, Benitez said her toddler couldn’t have gotten outside himself, noting he wasn’t tall enough to turn a doorknob.
“The only way that the baby would have gotten out the door is (if) the front door (was) open,” she said. “But we had the doors closed.”
The steps were covered with ice at the time leading Benitez to believe that there would be signs of Josh if he did get out.
Since the beginning of February 2011 dozens of searches, both community and private, have been conducted focusing on wooded/isolated areas to no avail.
“They had scent dogs out here, and (they) said there was no scent of him leaving the yard,” the toddler’s father, Josh Davis Sr., told CNN affiliate KENS back in 2011. “So I don’t see how he could have wandered off, or else they would have picked something up.”
Family still reach out to Joshua on Let’s FIND Joshua Davis, a Facebook page created by loved ones less than 24 hours after he went missing. Many strangers lurked the Facebook page shortly after it was created, criticizing the parents of the young boy. The negativity has since decreased thanks to the administrator of the page.
Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Joshua Davis Jr. could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
New Braunfels Police Department (TX) 1-830-221-4100
Crimestoppers (TX) (830) 620-TIPS.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST
Or Your Local FBI.