Reports of Missing Children Increase in the Summer

Published 06/11 2014 06:37PM

Updated 06/11 2014 09:56PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Reports of missing children are at an all-time high during the summer.

As the season continues, the St. Joseph Police Department want kids and parents to stay alert.

On Tuesday night, a Southside mom thought her son was missing because the 7-year-old did not come home when he usually does.

Police found him a block away from home, at a friend's house, about an hour after the woman reported him missing.

But, they first sent out an alert about the child fearing something more serious.

The boy says he learned his lesson and has a message for other kids.

"Don't take off at night, so your mom doesn't get scared," said Dustin Walters, the 7-year-old.

"Make sure that the kids are someplace where they know where they're at. Where they know the parents, they can talk to the other parents. Make sure they have contact with them. You know, check on them every hour; every two hours. At least make sure they know where they're at. If they can be outside with them to make sure that they're safe," said Sgt. Shawn Green with the St. Joseph Police Department.

More than 500 cases, of missing persons or runaways, were reported in St. Joseph in the last year.

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