Missing 11-year-old Bossier Parish runaway found safe

Missing 11-year-old Bossier Parish runaway found safe
Grayson Bell, 11, had been missing since Tuesday from Bossier Parish. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
Grayson Bell, 11, had been missing since Tuesday from Bossier Parish. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A mother's plea is silenced by the news that her 11-year old son has been found safe and sound

"we need you home just please," Kristen Downs exclaimed thank you God after deputies interrupted KSLA news 12's interview to let the mother know that her child had been found safe and sound.

For 24-hours Bossier Parish Sheriff's deputies searched for Grayson "Blayne" Bell.

Police say 11-year-old Grayson 'Blayne' Bell ran away from his home on Kilgore Road in Plain Dealing yesterday evening.

And around 6:30 tonight, the boy showed up at a woman's home 6-and-a-half miles away from his home.

Grayson is believed to have been upset with his parents when he hopped on his bike and left home on Tuesday evening but when the patrol car arrived with Grayson in the backseat all was forgotten

"I'm not mad at you anymore, oh my God," said Downs.

Lt. Cortez Bridges says that the young boy took shelter in a barn, on Tuesday night and then found his way to the home of a good samaritan. According to deputies, Grayson showed up at the woman's home on Firetower Rd. both cold, and starving. Fortunately, the woman recognized him from a social media post.

"She recognized him and called us, took him in and started feeding him because he did say he was hungry, other than being a little hungry and dirty, he looks like he is quite healthy," said Bridges.

His parents wrapped him in a warm coat, and pulled him into an even warmer embrace, assuring Blayne of their love and concern with his well-being. The family says that they cannot thank the sheriff's office enough for going the extra mile to bring their child home safely.

"I couldn't have asked for a better set of men to try to find my son," said Downs.

Search crews were worried about the young boy, with the temperature constantly dropping, and the rural area that surrounded him, as darkness set in they began to think the worst but they're glad that in this case social media saved the day.

"Social media is powerful, it can be used in so many ways, and this is how we like for it to work," said Lt. Bridges.

Grayson attended Carrie Martin Elementary School in Plain Dealing last year and has been home-schooled since.

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