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Missing Wake Forest boy located; Silver Alert canceled

Posted December 13, 2013

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— Police said early Friday that a 12-year-old Wake Forest boy who had disappeared after a Thursday night recital had been found.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Chris Adrian Collins, who suffers from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, saying authorities believed he could be endangered.

Wake Forest police said he walked away from a recital being held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Center, at 400 S. Brooks St., at about 8:30 p.m.

The Wake Forest Fire Department, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol and Wake County Emergency Management assisted in the search on the ground, while a Highway Patrol helicopter scanned the area from above.

About four hours later, police said the boy had been found, and the Silver Alert was canceled.


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  • leo-nc Dec 13, 2013

    Imagine your son walking off at night with barely any clothes to keep him warm. I mean he's dressed but nothing protective on him. Imagine him being in a city he doesn't know with nobody to turn to. Imagine you as a parent, knowing that your son is in 25 degree weather in this situation. Close your eyes and think about it then ask yourself. Is a Silver Alert too much? PROBABLY doesn't cut it. We can't operate on hunches and probably's. We have to work with what we know and what a person's history is. We have to work quickly to keep a child from freezing to death. There was much more done then a silver alert. MUCH more. If you don't know what you're talking about, the best I can tell you is leave this kind of work to those who do..

  • Fireflies Rock Dec 13, 2013

    A 12 year old kid wandering away from a recital he was probably bored with warrants a Silver Alert? If they issue one for every kid with ADHD, people will start ignoring them. I understand the parents being concerned when they couldn't find him, but this seems a misuse of the intent for the Silver Alert. Kids with ADHD aren't intellectually deficient.