Texas teen missing after band competition at Butler found safe

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MOORESVILLE, Ind. (Mar. 8, 2014) — The family of a Texas teen, who disappeared while in Central Indiana, is relieved to be reunited with their son.

Stephen Colbert, 15, was found at a Steak and Shake restaurant in Mooresville. This came after an exhaustive search for him which included police and his mother who flew up here from their home in Wylie, Texas. Colbert’s father was at the airport, ready to fly to Central Indiana as well, when he got the phone call.

“They found him. They found him? It’s positive? It’s a positive I.D.,” asked Erick Colbert, who was on the phone at the airport.

Mr. Colbert was talking to our Dallas affiliate KDFW at the time.

“This is super. Thank God. Thank you father, thank you,” he said.

A photo posted to Twitter showed Stephen Colbert, lying in a hospital bed clutching his mother after he was found. The two of them were all smiles. Stephen Colbert had come up to Butler University in Indianapolis for a band concert Thursday. Clowes Hall on the Butler campus is where he was last seen. When his family was told about what happened, his mother flew up here in a hurry and wasted no time searching for her son and turned to FOX59 for help. Having his picture plastered on TV likely helped, because a passer-by called police after seeing him at the Steak and Shake. Colbert was dehydrated, but otherwise okay. He was taken to a local hospital for observation.

“This is the perfect outcome that we were all hoping for and it happened so you know, I don’t even know what to think. This is a miracle. This is a miracle,” said Erick Colbert.

“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” says Dr David Vinson, Wylie, TX School Superintendent.

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