MACCLENNY, Fla. –The father of missing toddler Lonzie Barton said Wednesday that as the search continues for his son, he’s thankful for the support he has received from the community.

Chris Barton said he is emotionally drained from the six-day search. He said he appreciates the hard work of everyone who is searching for Lonzie and that he’s been out in the woods himself hoping to find his son.

The 21-month-old disappeared late Thursday night or early Friday morning while in the care of his mother’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron Jr., who is now considered a suspect in the case.

Barton (pictured with Lonna Barton, holding Lonzie) and his family are from Baker County, and a vigil will be held for Lonzie on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Macclenny Park off West Macclenny Avenue between 8th Street and and West Boulevard North.

Family members said anyone is welcome to attend.

Several cars in the Baker County area could be seen bearing #FindLonzie on their windows.

“I just decided yesterday, since we were doing errands, to put that on the windows for inspiration,” Gabriel Anderson said.

Anderson said that his family knows Lonzie’s mother, Lonna Barton, well. He said his family went through a very difficult time in 2007, and she helped.

Another friend, who asked not to be identified, said that her young daughter has played with Lonzie many times. She said that it is a very helpless feeling having to watch the search unfold.

“It’s been hard, knowing that I have a little one myself — and being there for Lonna is a big part of this, just supporting them, hoping they find Lonzie,” the woman said.

She described Lonzie as a very happy child.

“He’s always had a smile on his face,” she said. “Every time we would go around, he would run up to Adeline and grab a hold of her and try to pull her and play with her.”

Many in Baker County know the Bartons. Many said they want to attend the vigil Wednesday to show that they continue to support the family.

“We are here for you Lonna. We love you,” the woman said. “We will be here for you, for your support.”

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