Indiana boy is still missing; authorities seek public’s help
UPDATE in red below 06.28.11
OATSVILLE, Ind.—We thought we might help a little bit with this situation, since it seems pretty dire right now: there’s a missing little boy over in Pike County, Indiana, and authorities are really needing any and all help they can muster to locate Josh Miller, age 12, who was last seen Thursday morning, 06.23.11.
According to news reports from Pike Co, most searchers are focusing on the Logan Township area of the county about five miles northwest of Oakland City (which is in neighboring Gibson County). We haven’t looked at the map of the area, but we are familiar with it and this may be the swampy area in the vicinity of the old Wabash and Erie Canal (if we’re remembering the names correctly).
The boy was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and dark blue denim shorts; he has short blond hair, weighs 85 pounds and has a ‘small’ build. Conflicting reports are out there, one of them being that he ‘ran away,’ and the EMA director there in Pike said yesterday that while they’re searching the southwestern corner of Pike County, Josh “may have moved out of the search area” by now….so maybe he just doesn’t want to be found, although whether he took some supplies with him is not being said. In fact, there’s a LOT that’s not being said that could be helpful, including whether or not the child had a problem with a parental unit and as a result, did actually leave home purposefully (as opposed to being out playing/wandering around/getting lost, or being abducted.) But that’s mainstream media for ya.
Update today, 06.28.11 has it that this boy has run away before, and was last seen by “a cousin” while Josh was in a cornfield, but “couldn’t catch him” as he ran away. WHY he ran away is not being discussed, but the EMA spokesperson (since when EMA has been in charge of such a thing is beyond us, but whatever) was very careful to point out that “family is actively looking for Josh” as if that’s going to explain that there aren’t any family problems that would have caused the boy to want to run away. They just need to come right out and explain the situation….if the boy is a chronic runaway at age 12, they need to say so. If he’s mentally disabled or is a problem child, they need to say that, too, as this is getting to be a very dire situation.
The Pike County sheriff’s number is 812-354-6024 if you happen to spot Josh or just want to volunteer to help look for him.
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