COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police have located the 10-year-old boy who was reported missing Tuesday evening.
The child was last seen leaving Georgetown Elementary School at approximately 3:45 p.m. before he was found and returned to his family later that night.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Muscogee County School District's Director of Communications and Open Records Officer Valerie Fuller sent out the following notice in regards to the incident:
This is an important safety message for parents and employees in the area of Georgetown Elementary, Wesley Heights, East Columbus Magnet Academy and Kendrick High School.
We want to inform you about a report of a 4th grade Georgetown Elementary male student who was reportedly shoved into a car on Amber Drive by an unidentified male Tuesday afternoon as he walked home from school.
The unidentified man reportedly drove a vehicle described as a possible red, four door, Chevrolet Impala with a spoiler and rims. The man reportedly made a stop at a gas station at the corner of Flat Rock Road and Macon Road before driving to an area of Cusseta Road and Lee Street where he reportedly dropped the child off in a church parking lot.
Please talk with your child about the incident, be on the look-out for any suspicious person or activity in the area and encourage your child not to talk to or approach any stranger.
We encourage you to escort your child to school, especially if he or she walks to and from school. In addition, we encourage parents to not to leave children unattended or alone at a bus stop. Police are still investigating and patrolling the area.
We will keep you updated with any new information because the safety of all students is priority.