The remains of a 5-year-old Indiana boy who died in a Sevier County cabin fire last week may never be found.
After five days of searching, officials announced Monday that investigators have ceased their search efforts for the body of Tyveon Temple.
Members of the Sevier County Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb and Arson Section, University of Tennessee Anthropology Department and several local fire departments have been searching the debris since the April 12 fire with no success.
"We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased," Bomb and Arson Director Dewey Woody said. "We will continue to focus on processing evidence and investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."
Temple was one of more than twenty family and friends from Indiana and Kentucky staying in the three-story cabin on the Cabins at the Crossing property near Sevierville. A fast-moving fire in the early morning hours quickly engulfed the structure. Temple's step-grandfather, Ricky Hudson, 56, worked desperately to help save those trapped inside, and was severely injured. He died at the hospital later that day.
Everyone else survived, though at least five people were treated at LeConte Medical Center for injuries. A neighbor said people were breaking windows and dropping children down to safety during the fire.
Officials said the little boy was sleeping in the same bed with family members when the fire occurred. They told investigators they remembered talking with the child as they escaped the cabin, but when they got out, they couldn't find the boy.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No foul play is suspected.