The missing toddler’s grandfather was hit by a car while searching for the baby

Henry Dale Moss Sr (left) was fatally wounded as authorities continued to search for his missing grandson Quinton Simon (right), with the toddler’s mother Leilani Simon (inset) being named as the prime suspect (Images: Facebook/Chatham County Sheriffs). Department/Twitter/ @ChathamCountyPD)

The body of a missing toddler’s grandfather has been found on a freeway in what has turned into a double tragedy.

Henry Dale Moss Sr, about 50 years old, was hit by an unidentified vehicle early Wednesday. He appeared to have been struck between 5.30am and when MPs found him lying on the street in a blue hoodie and gray shorts around 7.20am Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

The hit-and-run happened as a landfill search continued for missing 20-month-old Quinton Simon. Quinton disappeared from his Savannah home on October 5, and the Chatham County Police Department notified his family a week later that they believed him to be dead

Henry Dale Moss Sr. was found dead on a freeway on Wednesday

Henry Dale Moss Sr was found dead on a freeway on Wednesday (Picture: Facebook)

However, the search continued.

“After thousands of hours of investigation and evidence gathering, all indications are that Quinton was recovered from the landfill and his mother, Leilani Simon, is the prime suspect in his death and disappearance,” the police department said on Wednesday.

“We knew the likelihood of recovering Quinton’s remains in this landfill search was slim.

Quinton Simon disappeared on October 6 and police informed his family a week later that they believe he was dead (Image: Twitter)

“Most landfill searches don’t end in recovery due to many factors, including the volume of trash being searched and the compaction of the debris, but we remain focused.”

Moss Sr was the father of Henry ‘Bubba’ Moss Jr, whose son was Quinton.

Authorities have shared images of search parties digging at a landfill site near a dumpster where investigators believe Quinton may have been dumped. One of the photos shows an image of Quinton hanging from the side of a trailer while FBI agents search for the remains of the toddler.

The missing toddler’s mother, Leilani Simon, is the prime suspect in his disappearance (Image: Harnett County Sheriff’s Office)

“We appreciate every word and act of kindness to our department and everyone who is working so hard on this case,” police said.

Accident investigators believe Moss Sr went home after his car had a flat tire when he was pulled over.

Anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run is urged to contact the sheriff’s office.

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Justin Scacco

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