Thursday, July 31, 2014

Police: Missing boy located after search

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 4/29/2014

MERRIAM, Kan. — A missing 17-year-old Wellsville boy was taken into custody 6:30 a.m. today in Merriam by Merriam police officers.

John Blair, Wellsville police chief, picked up Colton Cisneros from Merriam police and transported the teenager this morning to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center as a runaway. Officials at the juvenile detention center will evaluate Cisneros, who had been missing since he left his Wellsville home in the middle of the night April 19, Blair said. Cisneros was last seen April 20 getting into an unknown green truck in Gardner, police said.

The boy’s mother, Christy Cisneros, was en route this morning to the detention center, 226 S. Beech St., Ottawa, Blair said.

The boy was discovered at a facility in Merriam, but Blair declined to divulge the name of the facility, citing HIPAA privacy regulations.

Cisneros told the Wellsville police chief that he had been staying with a friend, but Blair said the teen would not identify the friend nor tell him where he had been staying.

“We are relieved that he has been located and he is OK,” Blair said. “That takes a lot of weight off our shoulders. We’re happy he’s back.”

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