Missing Essex boy is found in White Marsh shopping area

July 27, 1999|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

A developmentally disabled boy who had been missing from his Essex home since Sunday was found unharmed last night, walking in a shopping area in White Marsh, Baltimore County police said.

Cpl. Jim Elliott of the communications division said an unidentified person spotted Troy Silk Jones, 13, walking along The Avenue about 9: 40 p.m., took him into the Red Brick Station restaurant and called police.

"The person who found the boy said he appeared to be lost or confused," Elliott said.

After the child was identified at the nearby White Marsh Precinct, he was taken to his home in the first block of Landmark Court and reunited with his mother, Elliott said.

His mother, Alma Ross, reported him missing late Sunday afternoon, after she had left him at her townhouse for a short while and returned to find him gone.

Police found no evidence of an abduction, and they believe Jones might have taken a ride on a bus or train because he has a fascination with them, said Bill Toohey, Baltimore County police spokesman. "He had his mother's bus pass."

Police had contacted mass transit agencies, alerted other area law enforcement agencies and talked to Jones' family and friends. But they had turned up no leads until they got a call from the person who spotted Jones.

Jones had been reported missing twice before.

Pub Date: 7/27/99

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