Balloon release to mark missing boy’s 6th birthday

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Rondreiz "Junior" Phillips still missing after one year

HOMER, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A balloon release is planned for Thursday afternoon to mark the sixth birthday of Rondreiz “Junior” Phillips, who has been missing since April 2018 after wandering off outside his Claiborne Parish home.

Junior’s family is planning a balloon release Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Joe Michael Park in Homer. The park is located at 924 North Main Street in Homer near the water tower.

Junior was four years old at the time he disappeared from his family’s home in Lisbon. Search crews spent weeks looking for him and the FBI was also involved in the search. Ponds and wells were drained, but no sign of Junior was ever found.

Claiborne Parish Detective Kristan Hutchinson said Thursday that they continue to actively pursue tips and leads in the search for Junior and what may have happened to him.

“We will follow up until something gives us answers,” said Det. Hutchinson, who also said that none of the rumors most recently circulating around the area over the weekend about the boy being found are true.

There is still a $10,000 reward for any information about Rondreiz’s disappearance.

Anyone with information can call the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 927-2011, or toll-free at 800-810-2011. You can also call Louisiana State Police or 911.

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