Alexandria Runaway Child Found Unharmed

February 28, 2014
Dwayne Page
Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins

A ten year old child, who went missing from his home in Alexandria Thursday night, was found unharmed some four hours later around midnight.

Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins told WJLE that the boy, who lives with his mother and three siblings on Avant Circle, left home around eight p.m.. He was found by Chief Collins and Alexandria Police Sergeant Chris Russell around 11:57 p.m. hiding behind a central heat and air unit at a building on Edgewood Street about a quarter of a mile from his residence. The boy was wrapped in a comforter that he had brought from home. The child was also wearing a jacket and a back pack.

Because of the extremely cold weather, officials knew it was imperative to locate the boy as soon as possible once he was reported missing by his mother.

A search began involving members of the Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad, DeKalb EMS, and a four member team of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Operations who brought in tracking dogs. Officials had also called for a THP helicopter to fly over with its fleer system heat sensing device but the child was found before it arrived.

Although he appeared to be okay, the boy was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital to be checked out.

This is the second time within a week that the boy has run away from home. According to Chief Collins, the child ran away last Saturday night but was found a couple of hours later at an abandoned structure on Industrial Road.

Chief Collins wishes to thank everyone who joined in the effort to find the child Thursday night.

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