Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Investigators, family say missing 11-year-old Dallas boy has been located


Dallas police officers and family members have located an 11-year-old boy who has been missing for more than 30 hours. The situation was upgraded to “critical” Thursday due to the cold weather, according to the Dallas Police Department.

The department asked for the public’s help in finding Traveon Michael Allen Griffin. Traveon was last seen on Thursday at around midnight on the 5900 block of Naravista Drive near Hyman Elementary School. This is northeast of Joe Pool Lake and near Fox Hollow Park. 

Police said that Traveon voluntarily left the home and that his mother ran after him but could not catch him. He added this would typically be considered a runaway.

Officers searched throughout the night and produced no new leads, nor any evidence that foul play is a factor, police said.

Dallas police told WFAA on Friday that officers were going to visit friends’ homes and hospitals to search for Traveon. 

Around 2:20 p.m. Friday, police said Traveon was found at a home near where he lives, and was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

After he was transported, police told WFAA that Traveon was hiding in a friend’s garage overnight and a neighbor called authorities when they heard noises. 

“Yeah he’s in good spirits. Just a little weak, so we got to get his energy back up, but he’s going to be just find. Thank you for your prayers,” said Traveon’s uncle, Anthony Davis. 

Police said the neighbors gave the 11-year-old clothes and food, and that he appears to be OK. 

Police and the family also want to thank everyone who spent the night and Friday searching for him.

Now – understandably – the family is asking for space to work on the problems that made him run away in the first place. 

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