Caring

Boy, age 8, still missing

May 19, 2013

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Search efforts are still underway for Owen Black, the autistic 8-year-old boy that has been missing since Friday. Both PNJ and WEAR TV have botched their coverage of the search.

The daily newspaper has a post on its home page with the wrong phone number. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has the correct information on its Facebook page:

The phone number listed in an article was incorrect, and is NOT a 24-hour working number. Citizens should call 850.436.9630 or 850.436.9620 should they have any new information to report. The number to the mobile command center is 850-207-5498 should you or your group wish to assist with the search efforts. Thank you again.

The local ABC affiliate ran a piece on Owen last night, but failed to give any ECSO contact information or show a photo of the boy. The anchor did give the dispatch number after the segment aired.

Owen was last seen Friday afternoon on Perdido Key Drive in the vicinity of the Needle Rush condos. He was wearing a red and blue striped shirt and brown sweat pants. He has short blondish brown hair, brown eyes and is small for his age (4 ft. tall, weight 45 pounds).

To help with the search, the Sheriff’s Office has partnered with to announce our partnership Florida Marine Patrol, U.S. Navy, Civil Air Patrol, Escambia Search and Rescue, U.S. Coast Guard, the Klaas Foundation, the Navy and Escambia County Fire Departments and the Search Rescue units from Orange Beach, Mobile, Baldwin County and Bay counties.

They are still searching.

  • Ames May 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Both Ch 3 and PNJ have done so much lousy/inaccurate/downright harmful “reporting” that they should be required to get pre-approval from reliable, official, sources before releasing information to the public.

  • Henry May 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “Both PNJ and WEAR TV have botched their coverage of the search.”

    So, what ELSE is new?