Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missing boy safe, but ill, mother says

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 4/30/2014

MERRIAM, Kan. — The condition of an ill runaway teen from Wellsville who had been taken into custody Tuesday was unknown late Wednesday afternoon.

Merriam police officers took Colton Cisneros, 17, into custody 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Merriam, John Blair, Wellsville police chief, said. Blair took custody of Cisneros, who had been missing for 10 days, and transported the teenager Tuesday morning to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center, 226 S. Beech St., Ottawa, as a runaway.

MERRIAM, Kan. — The condition of an ill runaway teen from Wellsville who had been taken into custody Tuesday was unknown late Wednesday afternoon.

Merriam police officers took Colton Cisneros, 17, into custody 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Merriam, John Blair, Wellsville police chief, said. Blair took custody of Cisneros, who had been missing for 10 days, and transported the teenager Tuesday morning to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center, 226 S. Beech St., Ottawa, as a runaway.

The boy’s mother, Christy Cisneros, said Wednesday morning her son was suffering from kidney stones and was being treated at a local hospital, but she did not return calls late Wednesday afternoon for an update on his condition.

Colton was discovered at an undisclosed “facility” in Merriam, Blair said. He declined to divulge the name of the facility, citing HIPAA privacy regulations. Because Cisneros is younger than 18, his records are not available to the public.

Cisneros, a junior at Wellsville High School, had been missing since he left his Wellsville home in the middle of the night April 19, Blair said. The boy was last seen April 20 getting into an unknown green truck in Gardner, police said.

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. Blair said it still was unclear why the teen had decided to leave home.

Blair credited the Gardner and Merriam police departments, as well as his staff, for following up on leads that eventually led them to Cisneros. He said the Gardner police force played a key role in tracking down the runaway teen.

“We are relieved that [Colton] 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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