Archive for Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Authorities locate boy who was reported missing

February 27, 2008


Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Woods carries a young boy who was reported missing before 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Woods carries a young boy who was reported missing before 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

Area law enforcement officers spent more than an hour searching for a child this morning before finding him in an area northeast of Lawrence.

The 4-year-old boy appeared to be fine, Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Kari Wempe said at 12:15 p.m.

The boy was reported missing shortly before 11 a.m. from the 1850 block of East 1700 Road, Wempe said. A total of 25 officers from Douglas and Leavenworth counties, Lawrence Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol were called in for the search. A Highway Patrol helicopter also was used.

No other details were available.


Ragingbear 7 years, 7 months ago

Props to the LPD for actually doing their jobs. So often you will get a runaround with police and such in these matters. Some will go so far to tell you that you have to wait 24-36 hours to report them even if they are extremely young.

I wonder how far from home this kid was? Good thing they found him,

topflight 7 years, 7 months ago

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lisabeth2002 7 years, 7 months ago

Usually you have to wait 48 hours to report an adult missing....but NEVER a child

Ragingbear 7 years, 7 months ago

I haven't seen such things in Lawrence. Although I did see stuff like that in New Orleans Pre-Katrina.

Confrontation 7 years, 7 months ago

This must have been really scary for the parents/caretaker. A few years back, I found a small child (3 y/o) alone and standing right next to the road on a busy street. Apparently, his teen sister was watching him, but she was sleeping and he let himself out of the house. The police showed up quickly (several cars of them) and took care of the situation. The police deserves a big round of applause for acting quickly in cases that involve children. You never know what perverts are lurking in Lawrence.

parsimoniousjayhawker 7 years, 7 months ago

Ragingbear (or, eh, Cop-hater),

Re-adjust your reading glasses and read the news article once again. This boy was lost in DOUGLAS COUNTY and the LPD sent City officers into the county to ASSIST the Douglas County Sheriffs Office.

Your eyes are so full of hatred that you fail to realize an OUTSTANDING cooperative effort that was provided by ALL of the law enforcement agencies involved in locating this small child. I dont know if the LPD has given you several tickets, arrested you, or didnt satisfy a call you made to the police department; however the case, I believe our police department is one of high caliber and does a great job on a daily basis.

You have to put into perspective that police officers are just average folk from the general population that have a very difficult job policing today's society for what little pay they are given. Given that, you are going to have poor, average, and above average officers just as you would in any occupation (Hallmark, University of Kansas, Westar Energy, Haskell Indian Nations University, or McDonalds)

Recognize the good work they perform and offer constructive criticism when they fail to meet your expectations. The ol' "Well, I have not seen this happen in Lawrence, but I saw it happen in New Orleans, post Katrina" so I thought I would throw my unfounded comment into the mix, does not cut it.

On the same note, to my knowledge, law enforcement will never wait to take investigative action when a child is missing (i.e. 24 or 48 hours). However, they may decide to hold off on investigating a missing adult if there are no known immediate dangers (i.e. medical emergency, domestic related issues, or suspicious circumstances)

acg 7 years, 7 months ago

3 years ago my hubby's ex wife took off with their son instead of bringing him back after a weekend visit. She packed up all her stuff and split with him for over a month and there wasn't a cop, state trooper, FBI agent or anyone with a badge that would help us at all. They all said the same thing "even though she left with the child against a court order, this is a civil matter and all you can do is find her, have her served and sue her for failing to comply with a court ordered custody arrangement". So, don't dismiss raging bear's comments off hand. You never know when they're going to help and when they won't. We got the kid back, after looking for him for almost 6 weeks. A few months after that, the ex wife broke into my house and attacked me and still the police were no help. The cop said to me "was it really that big of a deal?" They refused to arrest her, the Douglas Co. DA refused to prosecute her. I've never had a cop help me out with anything but speeding tickets, so ragingbear, I'm feeling ya man.

institches 7 years, 7 months ago

Let's remember, that circumstances are different in each situation. Don't blame the cops for bad law. If you don't get the kind of service you deserve, then you need to take it to the next level- talk to a supervisor at the PD. Either way, for today, thank you Police, Sheriff's Dept, Hiway patrol for finding this child and returning him to his family.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 7 months ago

We should also give honors for the cops helping out in the county. This, technically, was a matter for the Sheriff's department of only one county involved, not two counties including city cops.

domovik 7 years, 7 months ago

There is no statute on when you can file a missing person report no matter what the age of the person. As far as the child custody issue, it just depends on who actually has custody of the child/children and the officers can't do anything to get a child back for a parent if they don't have the paperwork to prove they have custody of that child. Don't yell at the officer just because he won't break the law for you. Good teamwork by all involved from bringing him home safe.

lounger 7 years, 7 months ago

Good job by the cops!! This can be a mortifying situation with little ones. There are alot of things in the countryside by the streams that can get hungry (Cougars, coyotes). Its great things turned out well!!

softtalker 7 years, 7 months ago

what a cutie! glad to see he's home safe.

Bladerunner 7 years, 7 months ago

Could RagingBear actually be......Smitty?

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