Missing ETX 13-year-old found

Missing ETX 13-year-old found
Harrison County Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 10:40am

UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 1:28pm

A missing East Texas boy has been found.

13-year-old, Paul Bass, was found around 11:10 a.m., Friday morning.

Harrison County Patrol Deputies found the missing boy in the area of Farm to Market Road 2625 and Farm to Market Road 31, near the Crossroads Baptist Church.

This is the same area where he was seen by a housekeeping crew on Thursday night.

He is well and will be taken to Willoughby Detention Center where he will remain until further disposition.

Bass was spotted and positively identified by the housekeeping crew at Crossroads Baptist Church, Thursday,  at approximately 5:00 p.m.

As the housekeeping staff entered the church, one of the workers noticed Bass in the sanctuary area. He walked toward the back of the church and the housekeeper asked him for his name. He hesitated for a moment and then gave a false name to her. He then fled the building after a short conversation with her toward the south side of the property and abandoned a backpack and his shoes.

Upon investigation, it appeared that he had spent some time inside the church and had been on the roof of the church, where evidence was recovered indicating his presence.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., an extensive search of the church property and outbuildings began.

Bossier City Specialized K-9 team members and Harrison County K-9 deputies found evidence of his whereabouts and trailed him for approximately ¼ mile before the scent track was lost.

A Texas DPS helicopter unit used infrared equipment in an attempt to locate the boy possibly hiding in the heavily wooded areas surrounding the location. After approximately five hours, the K-9 teams and helicopter withdrew the search areas and ESD-3 volunteers and the parents of the boy continued through the night in a reduced search area.

Upon daylight, the search continuted until he was found.

The family wishes to thank everyone who took part in spreading the word and helped to locate him.

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