COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – News Leader 9 has learned that a missing 5-year-old Columbus boy was been found safe around 6:30 Thursday evening.
Croix Redding, a Wesley Heights Elementary student, was last seen in the bus loading area at the school and reportedly did not get off at his bus stop Kingsberry Street and Rhinehart.
Officials from Muscogee County schools say on Thursday afternoon there were two buses waiting in front of the school for a group of students.
We are told when Redding went to get on his bus, he got on the wrong one. That bus made a stop at an East Columbus Boys and Girls Club on Morris Road.
Police were scouring the neighborhoods around the school for about 3 hours trying to find the missing 5 year old.
Muscogee County Schools Superintendent Susan Andrews says they did everything from checking Redding's regular bus to make sure he was not asleep on it to making sure a friend or relative did not pick him up from school.
However, Andrews says Redding's bus driver, Victoria Love, just could not stand not knowing where the kindergarten student had gone.
"She went ahead and ran her other routes, and then, she said she just couldn't go home. And, she thought, I'm going to go check the Boys and Girls Club, and when she went there, she actually saw him there," said Andrews
Andrews says Redding told police he went to the Boys and Girls Club with one of his friends.
She says police, teachers, and community members had checked the Boys and Girls Club but were told Redding was not there.
Andrews says tomorrow the students will have their bus numbers pinned on their clothes so as not to get confused.
She says they are going to work with the Boys and Girls club to figure out what needs to be done if this happens again.