Missing 8-year-old found safe

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A City Watch Alert was canceled after an 8-year-old was found safe.

Jemarien Brown, 8, ran away Friday night after a fight at home.

"That's my little cousin. He got in trouble so he ran away from home," Brown's cousin said.

Family and residents living near the Lakeville Apartments off East Raines Road were in a panic after Brown went missing Friday around 9 p.m.

Memphis police issued an alert prompting a city-wide search involving several local agencies.

The maintenance man at the complex joined the efforts.

"Everybody has been looking for him. I even helped look for him last night in all the empty apartments and stuff but we still couldn't find anyone," Lakeville Apartments maintenance employee Ed Shelby said.

Saturday morning Brown's family stood desperately waiting for updates. Then around 10:30 a.m., word spread that he had been found.

WMC Action News 5 was on the scene at when search and rescue teams brought Brown back.

"He wasn't harmed. No injuries," Memphis Police Department Lt. Col. Eddie Bass said.

According to the National Runaway Safe Line, nearly 2 million youth runaway each year in the US. It's dangerous and takes manpower and countless hours of police resources.

Experts say there are way to support children who may consider running away:

  • Communicate rather than an issuing an immediate punishment
  • Watch for symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Be honest about your home environment, is there stress or abuse?
  • Lastly, show unconditional love rather than anger when a child makes bad decisions

Police said it appeared Brown had been hiding and didn't want to be found.

"Quite sure he knew we had been searching. We had helicopters out here. We had the Shelby County search and rescue out here," Bass said.
Nonetheless, investigators are thankful the search ended well.
"Just glad he was able to come back home safely," Bass said.

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