Second search for Lonzie this week yields nothing


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office searched a swampy area off Interstate 295 and Philips Highway on Thursday as part of the investigation into Lonzie Barton's disappearance.

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Searchers did not find anything but did kill a couple snakes with machetes.


JSO searched for approximately 3.5 hours and wrapped up shortly after noon.

Investigators said they've searched this area before.

This is the second search in connection with the investigation this week. On Monday, a dive team searched a drainage ditch off Old Kings Road near where 21-month-old Lonzie Barton disappeared.

It searched that area based off a tip but found nothing.

Lonzie Barton was reported missing in the early morning hours of July 24 by his mother's boyfriend, Ruben Ebron.

Ruben Ebron and Lonna Barton enter courtroom for joint hearing.
Ruben Ebron and Lonna Barton enter courtroom for joint hearing.

Ebron and Lonzie's mother, Lonna Barton, (pictured right) are charged with child neglect and lying to police. Ebron also faces other charges related to an alleged escape attempt after his initial arrest.

Both contend they had nothing to do with the boy's disappearance, and neither faces any charges directly relating to that.