INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A teenage boy from Texas was found safe Saturday after he disappeared in Indianapolis.
Police say Stephen Colbert was found at a Steak n’ Shake restaurant in Mooresville Saturday. He hadn’t been seen since Thursday, when he went missing near Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University.
Colbert is from Texas, but was in town for the Music For All event with his high school band mates on the campus.
Colbert was with his mother and school officials Saturday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville. He was taken there as a precaution after he was found.
Colbert’s high school principal was there when the family was reunited.
“I’ve been in this business 37 years and I don’t know that I’ve had a bigger thrill in my life than to do this,” said Virdie Montgomery, Wylie High School principal.
The big mystery right now is figuring out how he got down to Mooresville from Indianapolis, which is about a 30 minute drive. IMPD said a passerby saw him walking by the Steak n’ Shake off State Road 37 and called 911. Police said he told detectives the driver picked him up and dropped him off at the restaurant.
Mooresville Police then took him to the hospital, where IMPD detectives interviewed him to find out what happened to him over the past two days.
Police said he told detectives his missed the bus Thursday night that was taking his band mates back to the hotel.
David Vinson, superintendent with the Wylie Independent School District, said a supervisor did do a head count before leaving.
“In fact we did two head counts and we’re going to try to sort that out when we get back to Wylie and just see where we’re at and what we’re doing,” Vinson said.
After missing the bus, police say Colbert told detectives a woman gave him a ride and that she also gave him a pillow and blanket.
Police said he then told detectives that all he remembers after that is waking up next to a building in Indianapolis at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Police say he wasn’t clear on how he ended up in Mooresville. They say a passerby saw him walking along State Road 67. The driver picked him up and dropped him off at the Steak n’ Shake, then called 911.
A reporter with KTVT in Dallas caught up with Colbert’s father before he boarded a plan for Indianapolis. He said his son was confused when police found him.
“He was able to respond and let them know that he was Stephen Colbert, but he was dehydrated and confused. So, we’ve been talked about are there medicines he had for his asthma, that if he took some, is it having an effect,” said Erick Colbert.
For now, all that matters is Colbert is back where he belongs.
“We feel so blessed. We’re just so glad and I’m in the range of emotions from just complete despair to this hope and faith that you know you’re kids ok,” said Vinson.
Vinson said the students will return to Wylie, Texas Sunday He also wanted to say thank you to the Indianapolis community, all the police departments involved, and Butler University for working hard the past few days to help find Colbert.