KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- As day two of the search for a missing Forsyth County middle school teacher comes to a close, we’re learning about what made him so special to those whose lives he touched.
“He has a really big heart, and that’s why he connects with kids and adults alike with no problem,” said Cam Kilby, director of Child Care Services at the William G. White Jr. YMCA in Winston-Salem.
On Thursday, deputies say they were asked to make contact with 23-year-old Krishawn Jamar Noble, after he didn’t show up for work. Noble was scheduled to begin his new career as a first-year teacher at East Forsyth Middle School this year.
Shortly afterward, deputies say Noble rented a boat at Kernersville Lake Park. Around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, that boat came to rest on a bank of the lake, and Noble was nowhere to be found.
Some of his personal belongings, as well as his car, were located.
The discovery of the boat prompted an all-out ground and water search for him, which came up empty at nightfall Thursday.
“It’s the worst,” Kilby said, of hearing the news of Noble’s disappearance. “It hits you like a ton of bricks.”
Kilby and Noble worked together at the William G. White Jr. YMCA until last Friday, when Noble left to prepare for the arrival of his students at East Forsyth Middle School.
“He was really excited. He talked to us about going and getting his stuff for his classroom and he’s really pumped about teaching those kids,” Kilby added.
On Friday morning, friends say they awoke with immediate thoughts of Noble.
“That was the first thing I did, was check my phone, to see if there was any news at all,” Kilby said.
Hope remained as the Lewisville Fire Department’s Water Response Team took to the water once more on Friday, focusing on the same spot where his boat was found. Yet, it dwindled as the team was seen coming back to land, empty handed once more.
“To know that one of your friends is out there somewhere, and you don’t know where exactly, I mean it’s just a horrible feeling right in the pit of your stomach,” Kilby said.
Noble would greet his students at East Forsyth Middle School on Monday -- the first day of class -- which is also his 24th birthday. He majored in Middle Grades Education at Winston-Salem State University, from where he graduated in May 2016.