A Harrison County, Texas, teen - missing since Wednesday night - was found just after 11 this morning.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s department, Paul Bass, 13, was found in the
area of FM 2625 and FM 31, near the Crossroads Baptist Church at approximately 11:10 AM. This is the same area where he was seen by a housekeeping crew on Thursday night.
He is well and will be taken to Willoughby Detention Center where he will remain until further disposition.
Harrison County deputies, Harrison County K-9 deputies, the Bossier City Fire Department specialized K-9 team, Texas Department of Public Safety Air operations unit, and numerous volunteers from ESD-3 searched for the teen.
Thursday evening, as the housekeeping staff entered the church, one of the workers noticed Bass in the sanctuary area. He walked toward the back of the church and the housekeeper asked him for his name. He hesitated for a moment and then gave a false name.
After a short conversation with the employee, Bass bolted toward the south side of the property and abandoned a backpack and his shoes. Upon investigation, it appeared that Bass had spent some time inside the church and had been on the roof of the church, where evidence was recovered indicating his presence.
Following the incident, an extensive search of the church property and outbuildings was initiated.
Bossier City Specialized K-9 team members and Harrison County K-9 deputies found evidence of Bass’ whereabouts and trailed him for approximately one-quarter mile before the scent track was lost.
Texas DPS helicopter unit used infrared equipment in an attempt to locate the boy possibly hiding in the heavily wooded areas surrounding the location.
After approximately 5 hours, the K-9 teams and helicopter withdrew the search areas and ESD-3 volunteers and the parents of the boy continued through the night in a reduced search area.
Upon daylight, the search has been continued until the teen was found safe this morning.