Toddler remains missing 5 years after Georgia tornado

Detrez Green's parents' trailer was shredded as emergency workers searched for the 2-year-old after a January 2017 tornado in Albany. Police said, before the search, the trailer had still been standing, though a large tree fell on it, causing it to bow. Five years later, Detrez is still considered missing. (AJC file photo)

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Detrez Green's parents' trailer was shredded as emergency workers searched for the 2-year-old after a January 2017 tornado in Albany. Police said, before the search, the trailer had still been standing, though a large tree fell on it, causing it to bow. Five years later, Detrez is still considered missing. (AJC file photo)

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GBI says it is still looking for Albany boy who was 2 when natural disaster struck

ALBANY — A boy remains missing five years after he vanished during a southwest Georgia tornado.

Detrez Green was 2 years old when his parents reported him missing on Jan. 22, 2017, after a tornado hit Dougherty County.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it is still looking for Green, who would be 7 today, and still occasionally receives tips, WALB-TV reported.

“We don’t want to say we’re looking for a person in the past tense,” GBI agent Marko Jones said. “We’re still actively looking for him.”

Green’s parents, Kevian Green and Adaijah Rainey, told emergency workers they couldn’t find him after a tornado with winds of 150 mph hit their mobile home. They said they last saw Detrez Green as a tree fell on their home.

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“Any child investigation is difficult, but this one is magnified because we have so little info to go on,” Jones said. “Here, we don’t have anything. We just have a report that the child is missing, and that is it.”

More than 200 people helped search for Detrez Green in the days following the storm, including using dogs, searching from the air and draining a nearby pond. Searchers found nothing, not even the boy's clothes.

GBI agents and police later searched the parents' former home in Ashburn.

Five Albany residents were killed in the tornado, which stayed on the ground for 70 miles across five southwest Georgia counties. Another tornado in the same outbreak killed 11 people in Brooks and Cook counties.

ExploreAJC's coverage of the tornado outbreak on Jan. 22, 2017