Missing 14-Year-Old Indiana Boy Scottie Morris Found Safe 5 Minutes Away From His Home: Police
The search for the missing 14-year-old boy has concluded after Scottie Morris was safely found by his mother five minutes from his home, officials said.
On March 27, the Eaton Police Department confirmed the teen was found in Eaton, Indiana, on March 24.
Officers said there is no evidence to suggest Morris was assisted by anyone while he was gone. However, it is still considered an open investigation.
After being found, Morris was medically checked out and officials said he has been cleared.
Since Morris is a juvenile, the case was turned over to child services, police said.
According to The Sun, Morris was found less than half a mile from his family home around 10:30 p.m.
Police scanner audio had an unidentified officer confirm, “we’ve got Scottie here,” The Sun reported. The officer went on to say, “I’ve got him with mom. He’s still in the same clothes that we had in the description.”
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It isn’t clear who, if anyone, called 911 to alert police about Scottie’s presence, but John Brooke, the attorney for the town of Eaton, told The Sun that Felicia Morris, Scottie’s mother, spotted her son by chance at around the same time officers arrived on the scene.
Scottie was found in the same clothes he’d vanished in, including the white T-shirt with the words “cheat” and “I’m a liar” written on it. The Sun reported.
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The T-shirt sparked rumors and concerns about the child’s well-being at home, but Police Chief Jay Turner said the shirt was put on Morris by his parents and he did consider the method of punishment to be “unorthodox” and "disturbing,” according to The Sun.
However, Morris’ parents were cooperating in the investigation and they both underwent polygraph tests during the investigation and were quickly ruled out by investigators as suspects, officials said.
The Department of Child Services is assisting Scottie and the family continues to cooperate with the investigation, authorities said.
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