Body of missing 2-year-old Noah Tomlin believed to be found at steam plant: Police

Noah Tomlin, a 2-year-old from Hampton, Virginia, disappeared on June 24.

July 3, 2019, 3:31 PM

The body of a 2-year-old Virginia boy was recovered at a steam plant Wednesday morning, 10 days after he disappeared, police said.

A police officer searching the plant found the remains of a child believed to be Noah Tomlin, though formal confirmation is pending, Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Noah was last seen when he was put to bed at about 1 a.m. on June 24 at his mobile home in Hampton, police said. His mother, Julia Tomlin, told police she went to check on him around 11 a.m. Monday and didn't find him, authorities. She reported him missing at 11:36 a.m., launching an extensive search, police said.

An undated photo of 2-year-old Noah Tomlin was posted on Twitter by the Hampton police on June 24, 2019 when they were searching for him after he went missing.
Hampton VA Police

Julia Tomlin, 34, was charged with three counts of felony child neglect, police said on Friday. The charges involve three children, including Noah, according to police.

Shown in this police handout mugshot is Julia Tomlin, 34, of Hampton, Va.
Virginia Police Dept.

She was arraigned this week but has not yet entered a plea, according to police.

Regarding possible additional charges, Sult said, "that will be evaluated by the Commonwealth's Attorney. There's still an investigation that has to go on, including an autopsy."

Crews searched a landfill, dumpsters, homes and sheds in the massive search for Noah. Sult said searches sifted through 2 million pounds of garbage.

Sult said the search for the little boy took "a toll on our community and our first responders."

"There are officers who are shedding tears. I was holding one of our employees in my arms this morning that was crying," he said.

"It will take time for all involved to recover and heal," Sult said.