Missing 12-year-old boy found safe
Posted November 3, 2011
Updated November 4, 2011
Rougemont, N.C. — 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."
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.