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Missing 12-year-old boy found safe

Posted November 3, 2011
Updated November 4, 2011

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— A 12-year-old boy who went missing from the Little River Regional Park and Natural Area between the Orange and Durham county line was found safe Thursday evening, authorities said. 

Stephen Holsey, who has autism, was with a caregiver at the park when he walked away after going to the restroom around 5 p.m., his father, Mickey Holsey, said. He went missing near Little River Parkway and Guess Road.

Stephen was found by a deputy just after 8 p.m. about five miles away at Becky Lane and Rougemount Road near Hopkins Road, authorities said. 

Mickey Holsey said his son is fine. 

"He's a lot more self sufficient then most people realize. He probably got a little cold," Mickey Holsey said. "Once he got on the road, that part worried me. But when I thought he was in the woods, I didn't have any worries at all." 

Deputies find missing 12 year old boy  Deputies find missing 12 year old boy

Nearly 100 law enforcement personnel and volunteers helped with the search for Stephen.

"When you've got a child and to compound that a child with a disability, your heart goes out to the parents and all the folks who helped us find me all afternoon. I am extremely relieved," Orange County Sheriff's Maj. Charles Blackwood said. 

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  • carolinagirl75 Nov 4, 2011

    Love knowing that Sez me's ridiculous comment is allowed to stand, but my comment back to him was deleted. This why these comment boards are a joke.

  • momofASDchild Nov 4, 2011

    I'm glad he was found safe and sound. Parents of children with ASD, please contact your local Sheriff's office for information about Project Lifesaver. And pass the information on to others. It could save a life.

  • Raleigh Boys Nov 4, 2011

    Great news for the Major who is taking over the OCSO next month when the current sheriff retires!

  • tatermommy52 Nov 4, 2011

    Now that the Orange County Sheriffs Deparment found him a Orange County will turn him back loose.

  • bjm011366 Nov 4, 2011

    I prayed for this little boy last night.. He does listen and answer.

  • babbleon Nov 4, 2011

    Yay!

  • marciamal1 Nov 4, 2011

    It's always nice to hear a happy ending to a story.

  • Here2tellya Nov 4, 2011

    finally a happy ending!

  • SouthernGirlJD Nov 4, 2011

    Glad he made it home safe!!

  • pageredmon Nov 4, 2011

    @Sez me: Yes, thank goodness my daughter is neurotypical. Having an nonverbal autistic son is complicated enough. And having to explain his unique behaviors in a public setting to complete strangers is not fun. Sometimes I feel like I have to work more at calming the strangers down then I do my own son.

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