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PHOENIX — Police in the Valley and federal authorities spent part of Thursday morning combing a field again west of Phoenix in the search for a missing boy.

Jesse Wilson, 10, hasn’t been home in nearly a month, since sneaking away from his Buckeye house near 239th Avenue and Twilight Trail.

Authorities double checked an undeveloped lot near Interstate 10 and Miller Road.

Buckeye Police Sgt. Jason Weeks said the morning’s efforts included only law enforcement. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI participated in Thursday’s search, which was focused on recovery of a body.

Police Chief Larry Hall said, “We’re going to continue searching. … there are other scenarios out there that he is possibly still alive. We have to look at every scenario that’s out there. This is a scenario we have to understand could have occurred. ”

Officials have also employed drones and U.S. Border Patrol tracking dogs in the search.

Volunteers had helped with other searches.

“We appreciated the community’s help … we’ve had a lot of tips,” Weeks said.

Tips included information that the boy had been seen after he was reported missing.

Weeks also said the case was still being investigated as a runaway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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