Angelina County boy found safe after all-night search

Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office Facebook
Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office Facebook
Angelina Co. officials search for missing 9-year-old boy. (Source: Sheriff Greg Sanches)
Angelina Co. officials search for missing 9-year-old boy. (Source: Sheriff Greg Sanches)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A child missing all night Monday was found safe Tuesday morning.

Deputies searched Monday night for Devin Helton, 9, according to Sheriff Greg Sanches.

Officials say the boy went missing Monday evening near the Twin Oaks and FM 842 in Lufkin. As of midnight, deputies were on scene searching with K9 officers.

At 6:30 a.m., Captain Alton Lenderman said a fresh crew was on the way in following an all-night search.

At 6:45 a.m., Lenderman said Devin was found safe in the Twin Oaks Subdivision.

"The child was located. He was alive and well. You can't put a price tag on that," Lenderman said.

Authorities said there's a sense of urgency whenever a child is reported missing, especially when the child has a disability.

"Anytime, especially a child or someone, an older person, has Dementia or Alzheimer's that's not accountable for their actions, I guess you have to assume the worst immediately and put all your resources in it. So that's why you have to try to get the resources out as quickly as possible because every hour that goes by, a lot of time chances of recovery are less," Lenderman said.

Helton's dad, Roger, said the child was found Tuesday morning at the school bus stop and was taken to a residence home in the area.

"It was really scary. I mean you never believe it could happen to you," Roger Helton said.

Parents of the boy said they are feeling grateful for the help from volunteers and the multiple agencies who worked around the clock to locate him.

More than 12 agencies and 100 volunteers assisted in the search which lasted more than 9 hours.

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