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.
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.