Missing young boy in PJs who sparked massive search was sleepwalking, police say
Police say a missing young boy who sparked a massive search was sleepwalking and left his home to meet a friend before returning to bed.
The young boy, who is thought to be no older than eight years old, went missing from an address in New Waltham in North East Lincolnshire on Friday.
Officers from Humberside Police said they were concerned for his safety and carried out extensive searches for the boy who was wearing dark coloured pyjamas and slippers.
Teams were on the ground in the Harvey Walk and surrounding areas conducting a number of enquiries to try and locate the child, including bodies of water, woodland, gardens and home outbuildings, as well as checking school attendance and analysing CCTV footage.
Witness Jason, of Harvey Walk, told of how he saw the child out his window saying: “It was just so strange and it happened so quickly”.
“I was in the lounge and saw him going past the window.”
“There was obviously something not right if he’s in his PJs at that time.
“I shouted to him out the window but he was already going around the corner of the house.
“By the time I’d shouted to the wife and gone out the door he was gone.
“As I said to the officers, he was only small, around 8 or 10 years old.”
Detective Inspector Kerry Bull said on Monday: “Officers from across the force continued to come together into Friday evening and over the weekend, exhausting all possible lines of enquiry to determine the child concerned and full circumstances.
“We never received a report of a missing person and enquiries have not led us to a crime having been committed.
“I want to reiterate my statement from Friday and reassure the public that we don’t believe the child has come to any harm.
“It is our belief that this child had slept-walked or left the address to meet a friend and returned to bed shortly after, potentially unaware they are the centre of a report of a concern for safety.
“Despite no offences or risk to a child’s safety being identified on this occasion, we take all reports of this nature incredibly seriously.
“It’s our duty to make sure we do everything we can to ensure no child come’s into harm’s way.”