Robert Bee Jr.- Illinois- 2016 Jan 25, 2017 4:00:40 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 25, 2017 4:00:40 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's missingkids.org website)
Missing Child Profile as of January 25th, 2017: (Based on missingkids.org website)
Missing Since: Nov 18, 2016
Missing From: Pekin, IL
DOB: Sep 5, 2003
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Weight: 90 lbs
Additional Information: Robert may still be in the local area. When he was last seen, he had poison ivy on his left cheek. The front part of Robert's hair is dyed red. He may go by the nickname Bonzai.
TIPS: Anyone having information should call 1-800-THE-LOST or the Pekin Police Department (Illinois) at 1-309-346-3132
From the Pekin (Illinois) Daily Times website (pekintimes.com):
PEKIN - Concern for a young Pekin boy is growing as the search for him has stretched into a month-long saga.
Area residents want Robert Bee Jr. to come home safely. In an effort to demonstrate the community's concern, a candlelight vigil is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday on the Tazewell County Courthouse lawn. People are asked to bring coats, hats and gloves for distribution to needy children as well.
Area residents are being asked by a grassroots movement on Facebook to display yellow lights on their porches to indicate the home is a safe haven for the youngster to come to.
Saturday marks one month since Bee was reported missing. He ran from his home at 233 Sapp St. on Nov. 17 when a truancy officer and Pekin police officer told the boy they were taking him back to school. His mother reported him missing the next day when the officers returned to issue a ticket for truancy.
A vigil organizer, Patti Rawlings, said the vigil is the result of worried people connected on Facebook who are dedicated to bringing Bee home. The Facebook group has approximately 1,000 members now, said Rawlings. She said the idea of the vigil was to help people turn their frustration to something that could let Bee know people care.
"This will hopefully let everybody know, and Robert if he is able to hear it or see it, that there's a whole community of people that are concerned about him and are here to help him. And also to let the family know that the community is here if they need us and we will do whatever we can to help them find him."
The winter clothing drive is in recognition that Bee may be somewhere out in the cold. The items will be collected at the vigil and given to an organization that can distribute them to children in need of them, said Rawlings.
Saturday's weather forecast calls for snow or ice and quickly dropping temperatures, so the location may change.
People have been limited in what they can do to help find Bee.
Pekin Police Public Information Officer Mike Eeten has said the public should not go out and do their own searches. Eeten said the vigil and yellow light campaign will help the community cope.
NCMEC link: www.missingkids.org/poster/NCMC/1283156/1/screen
Thoughts? It's now been two months and Robert is apparently still missing since he's still listed in the NCMEC database. This is a really confounding case since he simply ran away. The longer this goes on, the more you have to worry about Robert being taken advantage of by a stranger but I really hope that's not the case and he's somewhere safe and can come back to his home soon.
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