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Southaven police find missing 8-year-old

Cooper Truett, photo courtesy the Southaven Police Department. Cooper Truett, photo courtesy the Southaven Police Department.

(WMC-TV) – Southaven police say they've found an eight-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday night.

Investigators found Cooper Truett just before noon Thursday after a search that lasted hours.

"We love a happy ending," said Southaven Police Chief Tom Long.

The eight-year-old was found in another family's apartment.

Police knocked on every door in the apartment complex where Cooper and his family live. However, they say the residents in the apartment where Cooper was staying were asleep and didn't hear their knocks.

They made another round shortly before noon and found the 8-year-old at another friend's apartment.

"Apparently just a misunderstanding with who was spending the night where, and that's OK," said Long.

Police tell Action News 5 that the child's shirt and BB gun were found in the family's car and they believe that Cooper came home sometime Thursday morning before vanishing again.

Teams on the ground and in the air searched a wooded area and a ditch behind the little boy's home before finding him.  Neighbors throughout Truett's apartment complex waited anxiously.  The boy's friends could only stand by helplessly.

"He's like, like crazy fun," said his friend Caleb Land.

"He's like a really good friend and I don't want nothing to happen to him," said friend Austin Land.

Kelli Land said Truett often plays with her sons, which is why police showed up on her front porch.

"The detective knocking on the door at 7 o'clock this morning that his mother sent to see if he might be at our house," she said.

Police say Cooper Truett has a learning disability and may have the mental capacity of a four-year-old.  They said he did not know about the search or understand the commotion.

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