Local News: Zalma boy found at Cape Walmart (12/20/12)

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Zalma boy found at Cape Walmart

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Brent Jones
Brent Jones is safe

The missing 12-year-old Zalma, Mo., boy was found early Wednesday at the Walmart store in Cape Girardeau.

Brent, who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon, had not been seen since he went to bed Monday night, according to Jim Bollinger of the Bollinger County Emergency Management Agency and Marble Hill [Mo.] Fire Department. Authorities and volunteers from Bollinger and surrounding counties searched for the boy Tuesday until about 10 p.m. before suspending their efforts for the night.

Search parties were preparing to resume the search Wednesday morning, Bollinger said, when they received news that Brent had been found. Bollinger County Chief Deputy Jeff Woodard said the child was safe and unharmed. The department said the search was extensive because the boy had "behavioral problems" and authorities worried about the muddy terrain where he was at one point.

Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said a woman recognized Brent at Walmart and called police. Brent had been seen driving a vehicle at Walmart, but Hickey said the vehicle had not been reported stolen.

Juvenile authorities took the boy into custody until they could contact his family.

Pertinent address:

3439 William St., Cape Girardeau, Mo

Zalma, Mo.


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Weird, I was standing in line at Cape Walmart at 6:45 this morning reading this headline. I said a little prayer in the checkout that he would be found safe :).
— Posted by MINT4U, 12/19/12 at 10:18 AM
Thank you mint4u!
— Posted by electrical, 12/19/12 at 10:30 AM
While the prayer was sweet, KFVS reported the boy was found at 6am.
— Posted by survivalist, 12/19/12 at 11:11 AM
Outstanding! Best Christmas present ever for his parents.
— Posted by semorider, 12/19/12 at 11:28 AM
I hope that boy gets a serious *** whuppin!
— Posted by Bman69, 12/19/12 at 11:28 AM
Bman, The circumstances have not been reported. However, the fact that the boy was challenged has been reported.

FYI... Adding violence (ie a serious *** whuppin) will not help any situation.

— Posted by huntress2, 12/19/12 at 12:02 PM
MINT4U- Turns out you were taking up God's time with an unnecessary prayer. How does that make you feel?
— Posted by Lippy Radeck, 12/19/12 at 12:38 PM
Lippy Radeck Just wanted to say that God's time is never used unnecessarily by prayer. Clearly you are not in a close relationship with God or have not read His preachings. Shame on anyone who thinks to reprimand another for their faith!
— Posted by Kac, 12/19/12 at 2:47 PM
Lippy, I hope tomorrow Mint4u takes unnecessary time out of her day and prays for you, you need it! but so glad that the boy was found safe and unharmed!
— Posted by nurse2u, 12/19/12 at 3:17 PM
God is not constrained to the limitations of time. time means nothing to God, hense eternity. if you lady prayed at 6:45 and the child was found safe 45 minutes earlier, that just speaks all the more of the power of God...knowing our prayers before we even utter them!!! and thanks to this same God that the child hopefully is okay.
— Posted by tennisnut, 12/19/12 at 3:26 PM
Hey lippy,any person of the faith knows there is no such thing as an unnecessary prayer. If you don't pray that's on you, but don't come down on someone who does. come on man...
— Posted by whyowhy, 12/19/12 at 3:42 PM
He was driving? in a walmart parking lot? what?

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he was found alive, and safe, I just don't understand how a child from Zalma made it into a vehicle at the Cape Girardeau Walmart

— Posted by c'monnowppl, 12/19/12 at 7:58 PM
By Query: "FYI... Adding violence (ie a serious *** whuppin) will not help any situation."

Right, so the modern day punishment that parents speak of, say counting to 100 or a "time out" is so helping the children become outstanding citizens... Oh wait, that's violent, rage filled children.

Hey, thanks for creating those monsters of today!

— Posted by Bahama, 12/19/12 at 8:01 PM
SO thankful he was found and safe! I hope there is a follow-up article to this as there seem to be some unanswered questions. How is it that a child who hadn't been seen by his parents since Monday night wasn't reported missing until the following afternoon? Who's car was he driving and how did he get it?
— Posted by Catbert, 12/20/12 at 7:01 AM
lock him in the crazy house
— Posted by kenbert, 12/20/12 at 8:28 AM
I would like to enjoy reading comments, but cringe at how it becomes so personal in attacking each other, rather than sticking to the article itself. A comment like "lock him in the crazy house," shows how little this person knows about mental health or even the whole story. They write something inane just to see their name posted or to get someone else upset. There shouldn't be arguments about God or whipping a child, but compassion toward the boy and his family and the fact he is safe.
— Posted by sandyl, 12/20/12 at 9:36 AM
He's safe.

He's home.

Be thankful?

— Posted by landlord, 12/21/12 at 5:26 PM

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