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Ft. Oglethorpe Boy Returns Home Safely After Reported Missing

By Amy Morrow

Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter


FT. OGETHORPE, GA (WRCB) - Walker County deputies credit an elementary school principal with placing a missing 5th grader safely back at home.

Around noon Wednesday, a deputy spotted an 11 year old walking on Highway 27 near McFarland Gap Road.

Little did he know the boy had been reported missing to Ft. Oglethorpe Police.  Officers say the boy should've been at Battlefield Elementary School, but didn't board the bus.  To complicate matters, he wasn't talking to deputies.

Ft. Oglethorpe Police Chief, David Eubanks said, "It's my understanding the child had problems or issues communicating with the deputy that picked him up and that caused more confusion."

Walker County deputies spent a couple of hours checking with schools to see if the boy had wandered off.  It was the principal at Cherokee Ridge Elementary who gave the 11 year old a notebook and pen.  He wrote his contact information down and the mystery was solved.

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