However, tragedy soon struck. When Percy and Lessie decided to go and get some lunch, they realized that four-year-old Bobby was no longer playing nearby. And although they searched for him, they couldn’t find him anywhere. Eventually, the Dunbars decided to alert the authorities.
Soon, a massive search of the area was underway. Every inch of the lakeside was combed, with some people even cutting open the stomachs of alligators to check the contents. Sadly, the only thing that they found was a lone set of footprints, leading off towards nearby railroad tracks.
On top of this, a rumor began circulating that an unknown man had been spotted near the lake around the time of Bobby’s disappearance. Because of this, and the lack of a body, police began to suspect that the boy could have been kidnapped. For the next eight months, they scoured the country for any sign of him.