Eaton Police reported late Friday night that Scottie Morris had been found. The department says doctors are checking him out but he is “safe.” No other details were immediately released.
Eaton Schools was about to start spring break when the small Indiana community began looking for Scottie Morris.
The 14-year-old Delta Middle School student was last seen on March 16, when his family told police he left home in the cold, wearing only a t-shirt and overalls. shorts. Here’s a look at what’s happened since.
Missing Indiana teenager:Eaton Police say a 14-year-old was found safe and sound
March 16: Scottie Morris leaves the family home
In the first photo released by the police, taken the day he left, he was wearing a white t-shirt scribbled in writing calling him a liar. Police then cropped it to remove the wording. Police say the photo was used because it was what Morris was wearing when he left the house.
What we know:Scottie Dean Morris of Eaton, Indiana, still missing
March 17: Money alert issued for Eaton teenager
A statewide silver alert has been issued in Indiana stating that the Eaton Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Scottie Dean Morris. An Indiana State Police press release described him as 14 years old, 5-foot-4, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes “last seen wearing black shoes, red and black shorts and a white T-shirt with writing on the front.”
Anyone with information about the boy’s whereabouts has been asked to call 911 or contact Eaton Police at 765-396-3297.
March 17-18: Officials and volunteers search area around Eaton
Search parties searched for Scottie Morris around Eaton, 9 miles north of Muncie. Community schools in Delaware helped by providing school buses to transport the researchers.
March 19: Indiana State Police sweep area using infrared cameras
Police temporarily halted field searches to allow state troopers in helicopters to scan the area with infrared cameras.
Search Scottie Morris:Eaton teenager still missing after polygraph tests, infrared cameras and search teams
March 19: Eaton Police Department asks the public for help collecting video footage
In a Facebook post the weekend after Scottie Morris disappeared, police posted on Facebook asking those living in Eaton to check security cameras for any footage from the night he left the house.
March 20: Search continues in the area, including the Mississinewa River
After the weekend, police continued to comb the area using “professional grid searches” that the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency helped set up.
March 20: Felicia Morris, the mother of a missing teenager, pleads to the television news
Scottie Dean Morris’ mother briefly appeared on an Indianapolis newscast on Monday after his disappearance, urging her son to come home.
March 21: Eaton Police meet with other law enforcement agencies
In a press release, the Eaton Police Department said it would meet with the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and “a federal organization.” Organized public searches have been halted and police said the IDNR “will assist with boats, sonar, drones and dive teams as needed” to check the water in and near Eaton.
March 22: Police renew call for security camera footage
Police are looking for footage of all Eaton residents who have cameras on their homes. For the second time since Scottie’s disappearance, the Eaton Police Department asked residents on its Facebook page to check their footage from 8:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 16.
March 23: The community holds a vigil for Scottie Dean Morris
Family, friends and community members gathered at an Eaton church for a candlelight vigil and a march to nearby Norseman Park. Attendees prayed for Scottie Morris and tied green ribbons around a large wooden cross.
“He’s a great friend of mine and I just want to support him and his family,” said one of Scottie’s classmates. “I sent them prayers.”
Eaton Police Chief Jay Turner and several officers from his department were also present at the event.
March 24: Police say bones found in hearth were not human
The Eaton Police Department posted a response to the rumors that human remains had been found on Facebook, saying the claim was untrue.
“We were sent to an area of interest last night, however, no human remains were found there,” police wrote in the post.
Later, Police Chief Jay Turner issued a press release with more information about the search the night before. He wrote that they responded to County Road 1200 North, where someone reported finding bones in a “fire-like pit” in a barn. “After investigation and confirmation with three different forensic anthropologists, the bones are believed to be those of an animal,” Turner wrote.
Turner also said the department was working with the Indiana State Police’s Cybercrime Unit on the case.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Scottie Dean Morris: Eaton Teen Found Safe, Police Report