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Missing Youth Last Seen at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday

Warner Robins police say missing 10-year-old Kit Colburn was last seen around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

That's more than 3 1/2 hours before Russell Elementary School reported him missing.

Police said at midday that they still have no leads on where Colburn is located. 

Hundreds of public safety officers, military and civilians are searching for the child today. A staging area is set up near the school in a supermarket parking lot on Russell Parkway.

13WMAZ's Lorra Lynch Jones saw firefighters and other searchers heading to Bay Gall, near Fountain Park.

School officials say video shows the child in school around 8:45 a.m. The school reported the boy missing to police at 12:19 p.m.

The school is located just north of Russell Parkway east of Kimberly Road.

According to Warner Robins Police's Facebook page, garbage and trash service, both to homes and businesses, has been suspended from Highway 247 west to Houston Lake Road, from Watson Boulevard south to Feagin Mill Road.

Police say that's to reduce traffic on roads in the search area. 

Community volunteers gathered at 10 a.m. the Food Max on Russell Parkway to resume searching. Authorities said more than 130 military and public safety officers are involved in the search, along with almost 250 community volunteers.

A Facebook post by the police department thanks those who have contributed resources, time, and donations of snacks and water.

McLaughlin said classes are being held at the school as usual today.

Ken Colburn, Kit's father, told 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet Tuesday night that his son ran off because he thought he was going to get in trouble at school. He said he believes Kit knows people are searching for him and is hiding.

Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh told 13WMAZ Tuesday night there is no reason to believe that Colburn had been abducted.

As of Wednesday morning, a statewide Amber Alert had not been issued.

Kit Colburn is described by police as 4-foot-10 inches tall and weighing 70 pounds.

Police say he has short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a tan or off-white shirt with a design and dark-colored shorts. 

School spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin said the boy was sent to the school office, but instead walked out of the building. 

Community volunteers joined the search for the boy Tuesday evening. Police urged the volunteers to stay in their cars and not search on foot because their scent might confuse police search dogs.

Around midnight, Warner Robins police said they planned to search through the night.

Search teams stationed themselves every four cars or so in Colburn's neighborhood to see if he emerged after dark.

Police Chief Brett Evans said they've used two helicopters from the Georgia State Patrol and two search dogs. A helicopter circled above the school around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Tabitha Pugh with the police department said they had people waiting in places around town where Kit would be likely to go. 

Police say anyone with information on the missing boy should call 911.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com and Eyewitness News for updates.  


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