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Missing Raleigh Child Found Safe

Posted April 8, 2008

— A 13-year-old boy was found unharmed nearly three hours after his family reported him missing, officials said.

The boy, who has autism, was playing in the back yard of his home off Creedmoor Road, but did not respond when he was called in for dinner, said Phyllis Stephens, spokeswoman for the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

Relatives reported him missing around 7 p.m., and state troopers and neighbors helped search for the boy.

He was found safe on Mount Vernon Church Road around 9:45 p.m., Stephens said.


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  • TheAdmiral Apr 8, 2008

    Love the good news.

    Why wasn't the parents watching the child?

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Apr 8, 2008

    Just Once, a GPS chip will just tell you where they are when you need to know. Your kid's not home for dinner, let's log on and see where he is. Hmmmm, 3am and Timmy's not home. Let's log on and find him. GPS watches don't work because watches can be taken off. GPS chip behind the ear solves everything.

  • GetRight Apr 8, 2008

    Glad he is safe and glad WRAL is again willing to print a happy story.

  • Just Once Apr 8, 2008

    Phil, How many kids you do you have? I have three and I want them to move out someday and be independent. Not only is it impossible, I have no desire to track every move my kids make just as my parents did with me.

  • ncguy Apr 8, 2008

    Yes they make GPS watches also- a good Idea for those with disablities or alzhymers etc...

  • b4self Apr 8, 2008

    Glad for good news for a change .

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Apr 8, 2008

    You can avoid these problems by having a GPS chip installed in every person until their 18th birthday. As my parents told me when I was a kid, "You have no privacy and no rights until you're 18." Once you go into a nursing home or if you get dementia then the chip should be reinstalled.

  • Meandmytwo Apr 8, 2008

    Thank God for a happy ending!!

  • phil Apr 8, 2008

    in order to avoid this is to keep an eye on your kids at all times

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