On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Chatham County Police Department said personnel with the department and the FBI are looking through the landfill in what has become the "most far-reaching investigation" in the police department’s history. They have reportedly searched for "thousands of hours" and believe that "everything still points to Quinton being recovered in the landfill."
The Chatham County Police Department said in the Nov. 2 statement, "We have spent two weeks digging through thousands of tons of garbage. We knew going into this landfill search, the odds of recovering Quinton’s remains were low."
Police called the investigation "a task more grueling than anyone could imagine." They started working at the landfill Oct. 18.
Quinton, 20 months, was reported missing Oct. 5 by his mother, Leilani Simon. He had reportedly been missing since 6 a.m., but Simon called police at 9 a.m. Chatham County Police said at the time they did not issue an Amber Alert because there were no indications he was abducted.
On Oct. 13, Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said in a press conference that investigators have evidence that "led us to the conclusion that Quinton is deceased."