UPDATE: Conway Police Department announced Thursday morning Justin Staton had been found. According to the department's Facebook, the boy was located just before 5 a.m. Thursday by a patrol officer. He was near the location officers found the Tundra. He has been released to his grandparents.
ORIGINAL STORY: Conway police say they are searching for a missing 12-year-old child that stole his grandfather’s truck on Tuesday night.
Officers arrived at the boy’s north Conway residence, where he lives with his grandparents, around 10:45 p.m. and were told by the boy’s grandfather that his grandson, Justin Staton, stole his white 2003 Toyota Tundra, along with $200 and a credit card, before fleeing.
The family told officers it believes Justin left in the hour before police arrived.
Messages sent from Justin to a friend indicate the boy wanted to leave the state, police said. Surrounding agencies and states were notified with descriptions of Justin and the vehicle.
Assistant public information officer Sean Canady said the truck was found Wednesday night on Stockton Road after residents reported the vehicle in the area since the morning hours, but police are still searching for Justin.
Canady stated the boy is described as 5-feet tall and weighing 100 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Canady said the boy was also described as having a light build.
Officers are investigating leads they received from residents throughout the afternoon.
Anyone with knowledge on Justin’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Conway Police Department at 501-450-6120 or send an anonymous tip through the department’s Text-a-Tip program.
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