"Statistics suggest that's highly unlikely but every time you find a girl who lived for 18 years in someone's backyard it gives you hope that this will be one of those cases," he said, referencing the miraculous discovery of Jaycee Dugard, who was rescued after being held captive by her abductor in California.
Gabriel Johnson, known most simply as "Baby Gabriel," was last seen with his mother, 23-year-old Elizabeth Johnson, at a San Antonio, Texas, park.
Johnson was arrested on Dec. 29 in Miami Beach, Fla., for interfering with court-ordered custody agreements, but Gabriel was nowhere to be found.
Gabriel Johnson's biological father, Logan McQueary, has said that he fears Elizabeth Johnson may have killed their son, despite the lack evidence. But a couple who had been in talks to adopt the baby are sticking by the Arizona mother, saying she hid Gabriel to protect him after her husband refused to let her put him up for adoption.
Johnson is now in a Tempe, Ariz., jail and faces kidnapping, child abuse, custodial interference and conspiracy to commit custodial interference charges after she allegedly sent text messages to the boy's biological father, Logan McQueary, that she had killed their son and left his body in a dumpster.
Johnson later changed her story and said she gave the baby to a random couple she met in a San Antonio park.
She is currently being held on a $1.1 million bond while investigators search for signs of baby Gabriel.
The story of 11-year-old Nadia Bloom, who after more than four days of searching was eventually found alive in the swamplands near her Winter Springs, Fla., home earlier this week, is one that will likely stand as a beacon of hope for parents struggling with the disappearance of their own children.
Bloom, who is mildly autistic, never returned home after taking a bike ride around her house. Investigators found her waist-deep in swamp water after getting disoriented in the woods near her home while on a hunt for "treasures."
"She's doing great, she really is," said Tanya Bloom, Nadia's mother, at a press conference. "It's a story you don't usually get. It's a story of hope."