Emergency medical personnel load 9-year-old Jyquez Miller into the back of an awaiting ambulance from his home on Station Crossing Drive Wednesday morning. Miller was dropped of at his home by an unidentified person after going missing Tuesday.
Albany Police Department officials said late this afternoon that they are treating the case of a 9-year-old Albany boy who was missing overnight Tuesday as a missing person case.
Police also said they are discounting a witness' statement that Jyquez Miller was put out of a vehicle in front of his home this morning by a mysterious motorist.
Jyquez was admitted to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on today for evaluation and any needed treatment. Police said they would interview him after any immediate health concerns are resolved and that they believe he was out in the elements all night Tuesday night, when temperatures dipped to a dangerous 16 degrees around dawn today.
Hundreds of searchers -- some volunteers and others law enforcement personnel -- gathered in the parking lot at First Monumental Faith Ministries on Gillionville Road this morning to comb the area where Jyquez had last been spotted.
APD spokesperson Phyllis Banks said that the department had received several tips Tuesday night that Jyquez had been seen walking near the Beattie Road area, prompting authorities to begin heavy canvassing of that area.
However, word circulated at the command center around 9:30 a.m. today that Jyquez had been found and was at his home on Station Crossing Drive.
A few minutes later, a woman who identified herself to media as Daphne Porter said she had made contact with the person who found Jyquez. She said that a white male in truck flagged her down, saying that he had found him and that he had been sleeping on a bench overnight.
Initially, Porter told reporters that it was white man in a light-colored pickup, but said it was dark-colored vehicle before talking to police.
"I just thank Jesus they found him," she said. "They say when two or more are together he's in their midst and he was."
After speaking with Porter, police were searching for the mystery motorist and put out a bulletin for an older model, dark Jeep Grand Cherokee. About 5 p.m., however, officials said they were no longer looking for the vehicle and doubted the story.
Jyquez was taken by ambulance to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for evaluation, although initial reports were that he was in good condition.
When asked if they believe the boy had been assaulted, Deputy Police Chief Nathaniel Clark, said the investigation is continuing. The FBI was involved in the case today, but jurisdiction was returned to APD this afternoon.
Tuesday night, police searched the homes of three registered sex offenders who lived within a one-mile area of Jyquez's home. The search revealed no clues, Banks said.