NEW INFO: Search Ends For Missing 10-Year-Old

A missing 10-year-old boy has been found after not showing up at home yesterday afternoon.

The Newport child walks to and from school each day. Authorities say the fifth grader was last seen at Newport Elementary School yesterday afternoon.

Michael Colwell was found safe this morning. The child says he slept in the cab of a dump truck last night.

Michael tells us he got his shoes wet from walking in the woods and through a creek to get to where he slept for the night. He says he took off his wet shoes and clothes and wrapped himself in a towel he found to stay warm.

The child was back at home with his dad this morning. "Very happy and relieved, very," said Ron Colwell, Michael's father. "Me and his twin brother were driving around looking for him when we got the call from police, so we drove right over there."

Newport police say they started looking for the boy around 8:30 last night.

Michael says this morning he wandered to a house on Cyrus Pollard Road and knocked on the door. The woman who answered then called police. Authorities say the boy has been known to wander before, but never like this.

A Highway Patrol helicopter from Kinston was among resources being used in the search.


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  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    Leave him and his parents alone. He sounds like he will go far in life. He had the brains to find shelter and to stay warm. Unlike many on here it sounds as if he is not coddled, you learn in life by doing things not by having things done for you.
  • by Relieved Location: Havelock on Feb 19, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    I'm glad he is safe. I'm sure he has great parents who were very concerned. Unfortunately there are many people who are quick to judge. I, too, was a wanderer as a child. Since the child lived so close to the school, there is nothing wrong with him walking a block or two to the school. He simply got side tracked. I'm glad he's safe.
  • by Aisha Location: Florida on Feb 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    I know Jeanine and know that she is a wonderful Mom, My son is 11 and walks home everyday by himself! Just like I did and many, many other children across the nation, Anonymous.... You must have the luxury of not having to get a job and stay at home all day. Must be nice! But again some of us have jobs!!! I got an idea why don't you go out and by a bus, and drive every kid home who has to walk alone. AHHH Ignorance is bliss!!!
  • by jeanine Location: newport nc on Feb 19, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    i am the parent. my son lives less than 100 feet from the school. how else would the child get home? seriously people, walking 100 feet with supervision for a 10 year old is absurd and hardly dangerous.
  • by B Location: NC on Feb 18, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    If he is "known to wander", why allow him to walk? He has a twin, do they not leave school together?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    I know this family personally. Ive known them for 10 plus years & I used to babysit Micheal & his twin brother occasionally. Dont knock the parents as hard as you are, They live less than a minute from the school, so its really not as far as you think it is. There older sister went to the same school & walked to and from it for years, even sometimes taking the boys with her. They knew/know the route to and from home. This was just a horrible mishap & the comments really are ridiculous.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Are you people for real? It's the parents fault and he shouldn't have been walking alone back and forth from school?? Have you ever been to this town? The only thing separating the neighborhood and the school is a football field. That's too far for a ten year old boy? These comments are ridiculous.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 04:24 PM
    I do not have a dog in this fight, but I do think you people off to lay off the parents. The kid is 10, lives close to the school and probably realized that he would be in trouble because he didn't go straight home like he was told to do. I am thankful that he is safe and maybe he has learned his lesson. I guess those who blame the parents also blame the parents of every child, teen, young adult and adult for each and every crime, offense, or trouble they may have gotten in to their entire life. Let it go, child is safe and parents are again reunited with their son.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    To those of you saying he should not be walking to school at 10 years old, get in the real world! Kids who live close enough to school to walk don't have other options... schools don't run buses to the neighborhood next door. I teach school and MANY of my students walk to and from school every day (rain or shine)! You must not live in the real world if you think there are not a lot of children of all ages walking to school every day.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    To Lynne - your missing the point. No one is saying they are great parents or bad. They are saying that you have no idea what really happened and if this kid has issues. Maybe he was afraid to go home because of something he did or did not do.
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