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Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day, with bucket, and law enforcement officers work at a digging scene Tuesday at North Charles Street and Harrison Avenue.

DECATUR — Nearly 28 years after a Decatur boy disappeared, police said Friday they have been actively investigating the case again.

The Decatur Police Department, assisted by the FBI and Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day, began digging up an empty lot Tuesday at North Charles Street and Harrison Avenue.

Police detectives, along with the FBI Evidence Recovery Team, have been searching for evidence related to the 1985 missing person investigation of Timothy Jacob “T.J.” Davison, said Lt. Jason Walker, head of the Decatur Police Criminal Investigations Division.

Davison was 4 years old when he disappeared in Decatur on Oct. 10, 1985.

The search concluded Friday, Walker said. Walker did not say what evidence might have been recovered, as the investigation remains open.

The reason for the search is based on a complete review of the past investigation, rather than a specific tip, Walker said.

T.J. Davison’s aunt, Delaney Davison, who had custody of him, told police the boy was sleeping in her car when she went shopping in a Brettwood Village grocery store. Returning to her car 30 minutes later, she said T.J. had vanished.

Despite countless hours of police investigation, numerous news stories and several calls from people throughout the country who believed they had seen T.J. or someone who resembled him over the years, he has not been found, and no evidence has pointed to his survival.

As police have investigated and dug in the lot this week, however, the case has been brought to the forefront of people’s minds again, largely because of the location. Delaney Davison used to live at 2103 N. Charles St., the address of the lot being searched.

Anyone with information regarding T.J. Davison’s disappearance can contact the Decatur Police Department at (217) 424-2736 or the Decatur Area Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477.

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