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Texas teen found safe in Mooresville

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    A day and a half after the search began for a missing Texas teen, 15 year old Stephen Colbert is resting with his family safe and sound tonight at an Indianapolis hotel. His family called his safe returnMore >>
    A day and a half after the search began for a missing Texas teen, 15 year old Stephen Colbert is resting with his family safe and sound tonight at an Indianapolis hotel.More >>
INDIANAPOLIS -

Stephen Colbert, the Texas teen, who went missing on Thursday evening was located on Saturday walking along State Road 67 near the Steak and Shake in Mooresville. 

According to police a couple saw the teen walking along the road and recognized him from the media coverage.  They picked him up and took him to the Steak and Shake and called 911. 

Mooresville Police officers arrived at the Steak and Shake and transported him to Saint Francis Hospital Mooresville where he was reunited with his mother. 

His father and a grandmother are still on their way to Indianapolis. 

Police say the teen told them that he missed the bus from Clowes Hall back to the hotel on Thursday after he went to the bathroom and came out and the bus was gone. He said that a woman gave him a ride, a coat, pillow and blankets but can't remember what happened after that. 

He told police the next thing he remembered was waking up Saturday morning next to a building he believes was in Indianapolis but could not describe the buiding or what it was around. He started walking and ended up in Mooresville where the couple picked him up. 

Police say he had cell phone that didn't belong to him, but it was covered in mud. The phone was a pay as you go and could not receive calls but could only make calls. 

Police do not believe that he was abducted or harmed in any way. 

 

The Wylie ISD Superintendent, Dr. David Vinson, released the following statement:
"We are extremely relieved that Stephen is back with his family.  There are still questions, but the important thing is he is safe.  I know that the entire Wylie community, and many others, were praying for him and his family and this is an answered prayer.  On behalf of the Wylie ISD, thank you to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, the Butler University Police Department and all the other law enforcement agencies for their efforts and cooperation in helping bring Stephen home."

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is asking for the public's help finding 15-year-old Stephen Kenneth Colbert of Wylie, Texas. He was last seen at Clowes Memorial Hall, on the campus of Butler University, at around 7 p.m., Thursday.

Stephen is described as a black male, 5-foot-8-inches tall and 120 pounds.  He was wearing a black jacket, orange shirt, and brown khaki pants.  He is visiting Indianapolis with the organization Music for All.

Colbert's father, Erick, tells Eyewitness News his son has serious food allergies and if he ingested nuts or dairy while at Clowes Hall, he may have gotten sick, left the theater and become incapacitated or disoriented. His father says his son may be in need of medical care.

Butler University police searched campus Friday looking for any sign of 15-year-old Texas high school musician Stephen Colbert.

Colbert's band from Wylie, Texas, which is in suburban Dallas, was performing at Clowes Hall Thursday night. But it appears he never got back to the band's hotel.

"Oh my gosh, you're kidding," said a parent from another school.

Butler Police send out an alert to all of campus Friday, but said there was no indication of foul play. Police searched all campus buildings Thursday night and again on Friday.

"Your worst nightmare," said parents of musicians from other schools around the country.

"You let your children go. They are with people you believe are responsible for them," said Carrie Acuna from Ohio.

Stephen Colbert's school in Texas said the Colbert family asked for prayers for his safe return.

Eric Martin, President and CEO of "Music For All," which is hosting the music festival at Butler, said in a statement, "We won't rest until we find the student and reuniting with his family."

One question being asked is if anyone counted heads as Wiley's students got on their bus outside Clowes Hall?

"It's incredibly intense," said a father from Georgia accompanying his daughter's middle school band to the festival.

Glen Caruso knows what that responsibility feels like.

"There's a number of chaperones. I've got 12 in I'm in charge of. Everyone's running around in one direction or another. It's incredibly stressful," Caruso said.

If you see Stephen, please call the police non-emergency number at 317-327-3811 or 911.

Friends and family held a vigil Friday night in Dallas for the missing student.

Stephen's school district issued this statement: 

"The Wylie ISD has been in contact with Stephen's parents and at this time they have asked for prayers for his safe return.  In addition, information about Stephen has been posted on Wylie High School's Facebook page.  The event sponsors, Butler University Police and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) have assured us that they are working hard to ensure Stephen's safe return.  If anyone in Wylie has information about Stephen or hears from him, please contact the IMPD at 317-327-3811 or the Wylie Police Department. Our thoughts and prayers are for the safe return of Stephen."

Music for All statement:

"A 15-year-old male student from Wylie, Texas, attending our Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis was reported missing early this morning. We are working with law enforcement officials to assist them in locating the missing student. We won't rest until we find the student and reunite him with the group. We are referring any additional questions to IMPD at this time."

- Eric Martin, president and CEO of Music for All

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