Family remains hopeful crews will find boy in Hickman Co. - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Family remains hopeful crews will find boy swept away in Hickman Co.

Posted: Updated:
CENTERVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Hickman County family remains hopeful they will be reunited with a 6-year-old boy swept away by flood waters Thursday.

Tristen Demumbran was last seen riding in a van with his mother, grandmother and three siblings Thursday when high water near Sulphur Creek Road and East Beaverdam Road smashed the vehicle against a tree.

Ripped apart, the family managed to reunite. But Tristen was nowhere to be found.

"Tristen's a sweet little boy, always happy," said his mother, Gidgit Demumbran. "He loved everyone and everybody."

Relatives say Tristen is autistic and very afraid of the dark.

"He's probably thinking, 'Why don't you all come get me, why haven't you made it?'" said his father, John Demumbran.

Tammy Breshear desperately scrambled to find her grandson after she escaped the water-logged vehicle. Deep purple bruises cover her upper arms a day later.

"Even if he's gone, I just want to hold him one last time," she said. "He was my world. He was my everything."

Crews resumed their search Friday morning after combing the area well after dark Thursday. Other county agencies joined the Hickman County Sheriff's Department, including rescue squads from Williamson, Maury, and Perry counties, as well as the American Red Cross.

Volunteers from the community also joined first responders. Many say they've never met Tristen, but they heard about the missing boy on social media.

Meanwhile, relatives waited for news at the home of someone they barely knew on East Beaverdam Road. A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said the empty home belongs to her family, so she let the Demumbrans stay there.

Crews employed boats, ATVs, and K9s. Hickman County Sheriff Randall Ward said a dog made a hit on a pile of debris, but rescuers found nothing.

The search area encompasses a three-mile radius between Coble and Beaverdam.

Ward said crews cannot enter the creek until the water recedes, and any more rain could further delay search efforts.

"Every hour that passes is crucial," Ward said.

The team plans to return to the Beaverdam area Saturday morning if Tristen is still missing.

Relatives say if you spot Tristen, please approach him gently. If you have any information, please call the Hickman County Sheriff's Department.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow