The 11-year-old boy who went missing when he did not return home from Central Middle school yesterday in Park Hills, St. Francois County, Missouri, has been found safe.
It turned out that he was hiding at his girlfriend’s home, 17 miles away from his Park Hills home as he feared punishment from his parents after he got into trouble at school, Fox2 reported. It was the second time police canvassed the girlfriend’s home. The first round did not yield any results.
The sixth-grader, Quinton Roussin, had after-school detention on Monday and had to stay after school. His siblings were waiting at school for him that afternoon, but they were sent home by school staff. The siblings went home, which is within walking distance from the school.
When Quinton failed to come home, his family reached out to the school and were told Quinton was no longer there.
Quinton’s father, Edward, took to Facebook requesting help finding his son. Quinton’s family also alerted Park Hills Police and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department to file a Missing Person Report (MPR).
Meanwhile, Quinton’s elder brother, Tye, told KTVI that he went through Quintons social media posts and found out that his younger brother had shared on Snapchat how he feared going home on Oct. 14 because of his punishment.
What to Do if a Child Goes Missing?
For anyone that needs help with a child gone missing, Safe Wise suggests the following actions:
You should call law enforcement as soon as possible instead of spending time looking for the child yourself. There’s no waiting time for children below 18 years of age and the child’s name will be added to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File immediately. A Be On the Look Out (BOLO) alert will be sent to all nearby police jurisdictions.
Present facts about your missing child in an organized way so that authorities can do their work swiftly. Keep a picture of the child that clearly shows the child’s distinguishable characteristics.
After law enforcement agencies have been notified, you can start looking for the child in your vicinity.
Make sure you are available to coordinate with law enforcement in the search efforts in the next 48 hours—this period is very critical.
Once you have informed the local authorities, you can also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) who can assist you and the authorities in your search.
Epoch Times reporter Venus Upadhayaya contributed to this report