Mother searching for missing Texas teen last seen on Butler campus

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

INDIANAPOLIS – A 15-year-old boy more then eight hundred miles away from home is missing in Indianapolis.

Stephen Colbert is in town from Wylie, Texas, which is close to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He’s here to take part in a large band festival called the Music For All National Festival. School administrators said there are about 60 students and chaperones in their specific delegation.

According to IMPD, the last time anyone saw the 15-year-old was Thursday night at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University.

Friday night the teen’s mother came to Indianapolis on a frantic search for answers. She’s talking to police and desperate to find her son.

Kristen Colbert said her son Stephen wouldn’t simply disappear.

“I just need more answers. I feel like I’m in the dark,” she told FOX 59 moments after arriving in Indianapolis.

She hopped on a plane Friday afternoon from Dallas to Indianapolis. Colbert said her son, a clarinet player, is a good student, a model big-brother, and responsible young man.

“The last text message was at two o’clock yesterday. He told me he’d arrived safely here in Indianapolis and that was the last contact I had with him,” said Colbert.

Colbert tells us Stephen left the JW Marriott on Thursday and went to performances at Butler’s campus with his school group that night.

He promised he’d call and keep her in the loop. But Stephen never checked back into his hotel room Thursday night. IMPD said there’s surveillance video showing he never got back off the bus at the hotel.

“I’m glad I’m here. I need to search for him and try and find him and bring him home,” said Kristen Colbert.

IMPD and Butler Police searched the area around campus Friday with no luck. Police said right now, this isn’t being investigated as an abduction case, so talking to Colbert’s parents is crucial.

His mother brought the student’s laptop for police to analyze.

While Kristen Colbert is in Indianapolis, her husband is in Texas, with plans to come to the city soon.

“He’s not the type of kid who would run away. He’s pretty serious-minded,” said Erick Colbert, in an interview with our Dallas-Fort Worth FOX affiliate.

Both parents are hoping someone in Indianapolis can help them find Stephen.

Administrators with the Wylie ISD in Wylie, Texas are on the way to Indianapolis. The superintendent and others were to have arrived by plane Friday night.

The Wylie Independent School District issued the following 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.

Kristen Colbert said her husband and mother will also be coming to town, soon. She said she’s especially worried about her son because he has serious food allergies.

If you have any information about the location of Stephen Colbert, please contact police at 317-327-3811 or 911.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.