Missing Boy Found in Murrieta

A fifth-grader who failed to return home from Thursday from Buchanan Elementary School was located by police after a more than six-hour search.

A fifth-grader who went missing after school Thursday has been located by police.

The boy was found at on Murrieta Hot Springs Road at about 10:45 p.m., according to Murrieta police Sgt. Daryl Underwood.

A message went home Thursday to parents of students at about the missing boy, Patch readers reported.

"We were looking for him for a good six and a half hours," Underwood said. "He got upset because he got in some trouble at school."

Underwood said the boy was in the process of being reunited with his parents and that no foul play was suspected.

"There was nothing suspicious or critical," Underwood told Patch.

lisa September 14, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Thats pretty funny... But my child is a student there and i dont recall getting any messages from Buchanan. Kind of scary to know this but very glad the boy was found.
addy September 14, 2012 at 07:03 AM
So let me get this straight. He got in trouble at school and was upset about it so he took off to Wal-Mart... Sounds like this child needs some discipline in his life. Glad he was found ok. Now ground him.
kristin c September 14, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Glad he's OK but what is it about kids these days? A lot of spoiled, entitled, all about me attitudes. What happened to the kids that would take their punishment and move on? I agree, a little discipline is what this kid needs.
Alissa Brennan September 14, 2012 at 07:16 AM
So he went missing after school Thursday..but they sent papers home w kids Thursday?! Ummm not possible. @addy I agree! Had police looking for him and wasting there time
JOlsen September 14, 2012 at 08:45 AM
I bet this is the boy I saw about 9:30pm at Starbucks on Madison. He passed by with his backpack on and was walking fast towards Walmart. I said to my husband he is awful young to be out this late by himself. Now I know why. He came from behind the new Savers building.
Dee September 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
He is a little boy, and was scared. He doesn't need to be punished. His parents need to hug him and tell him that NO MATTER what happens he can talk to his mommy and daddy about it. He needs to told he is loved first and then warn him of dangers.
Dee September 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Kristen, you said what is it about kids these days. It's not the kids, it's the parents. A better question is what is it about adults these days? Parents don't have time for their children anymore. They are children. They need guidance. They need security. They need a mommy and a daddy. They need your time.
Dana September 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
So glad he was found! When I got the "all call" around 9:30 last night, I had trouble sleeping thinking about this "lost" boy. He and his family were in my prayers.
Dana September 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Papers were not sent home. An automated message was made around 9:30 p.m.
Dee September 14, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Alissa, it's NEVER a waste of police time to look for a child. It is however a waste of time for police to show up at homes where adults are drunk and fighting. Or when adults are acting spoiled, and have the attitude that it's all about me. It really is all about the child, cuz they NEED their parents
MonaRoloson September 14, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I am also glad that the boy was found. But I also think if a child goes missing not only should parents from that school be notified, but every school. We don't know why he got in trouble in school, what if he was a being bullies & he finally had enough & finally stood up for himself??? I do think both parents & child need help & should talk to someone. If people did see a child so young out by himself, why wasn't the police called? I would have. I have done it before when 2 tennage girls & 1 teen age boy asked me for a ride home & they lived over by French Valley. It was at about 4:30am. I was at the gas station on Cal Oaks by the bowling alley. I was the 2nd person I saw they had asked. I called the none emergency # I told them what had happened & felt it wasn't safe what they were doing. They sent out a police officer.
jolene September 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Absolutley this boy needs to be told that his parents love him, but what alot of parents forget is that discipline is the best love the hardest love to give and I believe there is more to the store then just he got in trouble at school and for 6 hours wondered around till he hit walmart. This is a 5th grader he needs to be punished he needs a little corporal punishment if you ask me. I am truely glad he is home and safe my children go to his school and I too got the call and was praying for him but boy oh boy if he were mine he would be in some trouble.........
Gary Linn September 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Dee I agree with you. Its not kids these days. I was a young boy and ran away from home kinda. I did something wrong and was afraid of the punishment. I eventually went home and faced the piper. This is not new, even Beaver Cleaver ran away from home. I think punishment like grounding loss of some privileged. Corporal punishment is perspective. My mom would use a spank on the butt with her hand. My Father preferred a leather strip across what ever it hit. There is a fine line between punish and abuse. Great discussion. I would hope as Dee pointed out that parents get more involved with kids. I do notice in Murrieta they get way more involved than other areas I have been.
Mel Kizadek September 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Was an amber alert issued? If not, why not? Kids are suffering from a society where parents refuse to take responsibility for themselves much less their children... no doubt about that. I don't know the specifics of this case but I do know that it would have been tragic if something bad happened to this little boy that could have been prevented if anyone else in town had been made aware of the situation (and perhaps intervened when they saw a 10 year old walking through town by himself at 10pm)
Erika September 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
My child goes there as well only now did I get an email saying he was found! Should have been an amber alert!!
Cyclist September 14, 2012 at 05:30 PM
In order to make up for all the Police time he wasted, he should be made to wash Police cars at the Police station one Saturday.
Susan Edwards September 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I think you have a great idea! Kids are not being raised today to take responsibilities nor deal with the consequences of their choices. Too many excuses as to why "Little John" did this or that...bottom line is it starts with the parents BUT it has to be passed on to the children.....period.
Susan Edwards September 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
You are so right!
Fauntleroy Murphy September 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Yes, what you said and punished as well.
Sam Bradstreet September 14, 2012 at 07:46 PM
You conservative assholes!!! Always worried about money. Lets just be happy a child didn't get hurt or worse and thank the efforts of the MPD for all the hard work they do. Pay your damn taxes and shut the hell up, I'm tired of you squawking. If you don't like the benefits of all that our government does, the border with Mexico is not far and you can see the difference.
xtin September 14, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I think they only issue amber alerts for child abductions, not runaways. And from what I know, they were aware that it was a runaway situation from the beginning given that he had gotten in trouble at school that day.
Anne September 14, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Maybe we need a system set up where the word can be spread that a child is missing and not considered an abduction. I am sure many people, like JOlsen, saw this boy, and thought it seemed odd for a young boy to be wandering around alone. Thankfully, this story had a happy ending - but I agree, after the hugs, tears and reassurance that the parents love their child no matter what - consequences need to happen.
Vic September 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Growing up is a constant live and learn experience. When mistakes are made, kids need to feel the consequences in order to learn from them or those mistakes will be repeated. Glad this boy is safe but valuable police time could have been taken away from an actual child abduction or genuine emergency. That's why prank calling 911 is a prosecutorial crime. He needs to be made aware of the seriousness of his actions and I'm sure his parents will do that. At least I hope they would.
Dee September 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Dana, your prayers were answered. Thank God for compassionate and caring people. There aren't many like you around these days.
Sherry September 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I second that! He needs a whoopin!
Sherry September 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM
So now we know to report that kind of thing in the future. I know I will and I will offer to hold him down while he gets a lickin'
Sherry September 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM
He does need discipline he willfully and deliberately did something at school and then added to that running away! Hug him and then spank him and I bet he'll know not to do that again!
Sherry September 14, 2012 at 11:31 PM
And they need corporal punishment which is against the law now and we wonder why all these kids talk to their parents and other adults the way they do it's because sittin' in the corner or gettin' your stuff taken away does not hit home like a switch across a bottom!


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