Press Release – Missing Child

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CHIEF OF POLICE ERIC BLANCHARD

FINAL NEWS RELEASE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Missing, Recovered Child

ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS –  On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, officers took a report of a runaway 11 year old child. The person reporting the incident informed police her step son had left the residence by climbing out of his bedroom window after having had an argument with her during the morning hours.

After further review and in accordance with protocol, the child’s status went from runaway to missing, possibly endangered. Due to the extenuating circumstances, additional public personnel were brought in to assist in the search for the juvenile. A description of the child was broadcasted to the public and through law enforcement channels, and, additionally, a CodeRED reverse 911 alert was issued to the public.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., November 5th, 2015, officers were called to the police department to take custody of the missing juvenile. Officers learned the juvenile had gone to a friend’s house and had stayed the night there. The friend’s mother told officers she had come home late from work and found the missing juvenile on the couch. The missing juvenile told the friend’s mother he had been kicked out of his residence in Corpus Christi. She said she did not have the resources to take him anywhere so she allowed him to stay the night.

This morning, the friend’s mother drove the missing juvenile to the Veteran’s Memorial Park located in the 400 Blk. of N. McCampbell so he could retrieve a piece of paper he had left at the location. The piece of paper contained a phone number. While there, a citizen who had seen our social media post recognized the juvenile and told the friend’s mother he was a runaway and the police had been searching for him all night. The friend’s mother then drove the juvenile to the police department where officers took custody of him.

During the course of this investigation, concerns were expressed about possible abuse within the home and injuries on the child. Police investigated these allegations and can find no criminal evidence of child abuse or neglect. As is customary in many of these type of cases, a report was filed to the Department of Family and Protective Services.

At this time, the family is requesting privacy as they work to care for their child.

The Aransas Pass Police Department sincerely appreciates the community collaboration and response to this matter. Without your compassion and swift action, reunification of the child with his family would most certainly have been delayed. Further, the Aransas Pass Police Department appreciates the Aransas Pass ISD, Corpus Christi Police Department, members of the CART team, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, area wide law enforcement that responded to the need, and the many businesses within our community that stepped up and assisted. Thank you!

And last but surely not least, we give thanks to God for overseeing us all during this event.

Chief Eric Blanchard
Public Safety Director
City of Aransas Pass, Texas

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