Authorities have thanked the kidnapper for taking care of the child, who is still being held underground. Negotiators have had an open line of communication with the kidnapper all night. Dykes told authorities that he has an electric heater and blankets inside the bunker to keep warm during the cold overnight hours. He has provided the child hostage with the coloring books, crayons, toys and the medicine authorities have sent down into the bunker. Authorities say that they will continue to keep the public updates, and the next press conferences is scheduled for 9pm tonight.
Friday, police departments in Montgomery and Prattville offered to assist with any help authorities in Dale County may need. Officers with MPD are now being used for perimeter support.
Continue to pray for the boy, his family, and the community. And the kidnapper as well, for his emotional and mental stability.