Monday, September 22, 2014

Search for missing boy continues

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 4/25/2014

WELLSVILLE — Where is Colton Cisneros?

That’s the question law enforcement officials, family and friends keep asking as the week-long search continues for the 17-year-old Wellsville teen who was last observed by some friends getting into a green truck April 20 in Gardner, according to law enforcement officials.

John Blair, Wellsville police chief, said Friday afternoon law enforcement officials have received numerous calls, but officers have yet to determine the whereabouts of the Wellsville High School junior who left his home in the middle of the night last weekend.

The outpouring of public support since the teen’s disappearance has yielded several leads, police officials said. A Herald article about Colton has been shared 233 times on the newspaper’s Facebook page alone, reaching about 19,300 users as of 6:30 p.m. Friday.

“We just keep hearing so many stories from people,” Blair said, “Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find him, but we are continuing to search for him.”

Garnett police officers checked into a lead that Colton might be in that Anderson County community, Blair said, but that lead did not prove fruitful.

“[Law enforcement officials] were getting quite a few calls about a green truck in Garnett,” Blair said. “A Garnett officer was familiar with that green truck and knew the occupant.”

Colton had not been with the individual in Garnett, but Wellsville police had received a lead about another person the teenager might be traveling with, Blair said.

“We haven’t been able to confirm that yet — we’ve been getting some conflicting reports,” Blair said. “We’re continuing to follow-up on leads.”

Christy Cisneros, Colton’s mother, said in an interview earlier this week that the last time she saw her son was April 19.

“When I woke up Sunday morning, he was gone,” Cisneros, Wellsville, said. “He left sometime during the night [Saturday].”

Cisneros did not know why her son would leave home, she said, and thought he ended up in Gardner because he has some friends there.

Colton is described as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 125 pounds, with sandy blond hair and blue eyes, Blair said. 

The teen was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, gray slipper shoes and a ball cap but might be dressed differently now, Blair said.

“[Colton] was not in possession of a motor vehicle,” Blair said.

Anyone with information about Colton Cisneros is urged to call the Wellsville Police Department, (785) 883-2691, the Franklin County 911 dispatch center located in the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office building, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa, or the Gardner Police Department, (913) 856-7312.

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