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Missing 11-year-old Raleigh boy found safe

Posted March 12, 2013
Updated March 13, 2013

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— Raleigh police say an 11-year-old boy who was the subject of a Silver Alert Tuesday night has been found safe.

Rodney Lewis Clark Jr. was last seen Monday afternoon at a school bus stop on Oberlin Road near his home wearing a blue long-sleeved striped shirt and tan pants.

It wasn't immediately clear why the alert wasn't issued until Tuesday night, but Raleigh police say he got in trouble at school Monday and might have been afraid of getting in trouble.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system to quickly notify the public about missing endangered adults who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease.

It also allows caregivers and nursing homes to report a person missing. In the past, only a family member could report an adult missing.

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  • djofraleigh Mar 13, 2013

    "... if he was mine, his behind wouldn't be so happy right now."

    daisy

    Then I guess he was right to fear going home because he knew he was in trouble. -- comment

    Yes, right to not want to face consequences at home, but wrong to not go home. The kid is impaired or the would not have qualified for a Silver Alert, so his judgment is lower than his years, but he just wanted to avoid facing up. Hope he learns from this. He is one cute kid in that picture! Would be hard not to spoil him.

    Wonder who took a 7 yo in for the night without calling the home or authorities? I bet a classmate hid him out. tom sawyer and huck finn at it again

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 13, 2013

    "... if he was mine, his behind wouldn't be so happy right now."

    daisy

    Then I guess he was right to fear going home because he knew he was in trouble.

  • daisy Mar 13, 2013

    So glad this has a happy ending, although if he was mine, his behind wouldn't be so happy right now.

  • alockwr21 Mar 13, 2013

    Glad he is back safe! Poor little fella

  • Pepe Silvia Mar 13, 2013

    I was surprised at first to see a Silver Alert for an 11 year old but Amber Alerts are typically for children who have been abducted. Generally they are only issued if there is information about both the child and the alleged abductor and there is a reasonable belief the child is in danger.

    If they believed he was a run-away/hiding, it doesn't quite fit that criteria and if he has a cognitive impairment a Silver Alert may have been the only work around to try to find him quickly.

  • JAT Mar 13, 2013

    An Amber probably wasn't issued because they didn't think anyone had abducted him.

  • question_why Mar 13, 2013

    I'd like to know why this was a silver alert and not an amber alert also. If the kid had a cognative impairment and is under 18, I thought an amber alert would be higher priority. Glad he is home safe.

  • gingerlynn Mar 13, 2013

    Last time I checked a SILVER alert was for a senior citizen or adult with cognative impairment.

    An AMBER alert is for a child under 18?

  • tsquaring Mar 13, 2013

    Good news!

  • djofraleigh Mar 13, 2013

    Welcome home little guy! He didn't want to disappoint his parents.