Rachel Alert Was Issued Yesterday - Missing boy is returned home

Discussion in 'The Search for Rachel Cooke' started by "J_R", May 23, 2003.

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    Missing boy is returned home

    Bymanda Lawson
    KVUE News

    A Williamson County boy is back home after being lost for more than seven hours Wednesday night.

    Search crews were called out when 8-year-old James Wilkerson failed to return home.

    He was last seen getting off his school bus near Anderson Mill Road shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    The Williamson County Sheriff's Office issued a Rachel Alert.

    Wilkerson's case did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert since there was no known abduction.

    So the sheriff's office issued a Rachel Alert to notify law enforcement agencies and media outlets within a 100-mile radius.

    "We send it for anyone who is missing, whether it's an elderly person who may have wondered away, an Alzheimers person, a runaway situation when we think there may be foul play involved," says Williamson County Sheriff John Maspero.

    The Rachel Alert is named after missing Georgetown teen Rachel Cooke.

    Unlike the nationwide Amber Alert system, a Rachel Alert can be issued for a person of any age who is missing.

    Just after 10 p.m., Wilkerson was found by a volunteer who was taking part in the search.

    Authorities say he had become lost and disoriented and could not find his way home.

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