Updated: Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 a.m.:
Columbia Police have confirmed that Sedrick L. Lewis, Jr. has been found.
Around 1:30 Tuesday morning, an anonymous caller told the Saline County Sheriff's Department that they believed the father and son were seen nearby. Police responded to 106 Deacon Road in Miami and were able to get Sedrick Jr. Deputies said he was unharmed and in good health.
Deputties said Sedrick Sr. got away through the back door. Police are now on the lookout in the Saline Area for the man. Sedrick Lewis Sr. is described as a 33 year old black male, 5 TM08, 165 lbs. with a tattoo on his upper right arm that says LEW and a tattoo on his upper left arm of a cross.
The boy has now been reunited with his mother.
UPDATE:Columbia Police believe the pair may have left the Columbia area, but won't say where they may be heading. A check of online court records shows Lewis Sr. is currently on probation for non-payment of child support and has limited driving privileges. He has listed previous addresses in Columbia, and Sweet Springs and Miami, Missouri which are both west of Columbia in Saline County. Columbia Public Schools spokesman Michelle Baumstark says the father was a familiar face at Blue Ridge Elementary School and visited his son there frequently. She says the school had no reason to believe the father was a threat because the mother never filed the necessary paperwork to show her legal custody of the boy. She has now.
Columbia police are searching for an 8-year-old boy and his father.Police said at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, police were notified that Sedrick L. Lewis, Jr. had been picked up from Blue Ridge Elementary by his father, Sedrick L. Lewis, Sr. According to police, Lewis, Sr. did not have permission to pick him up from school and currently was under a court order in effect which prohibits unsupervised visits between the boy and his father.Detectives contacted the older Lewis several times and he refused to take his son back to his mother or police.Police are asking citizens to be on the lookout for Sedrick Lewis, Sr. He could be driving a silver Cadillac with the Missouri license plate SGSCAD. Anyone who may have seen him or his son are asked to call 911. Sedrick Lewis, Sr. is described as a 33-year-old black male, 5-8, 165 lbs with a tattoo on his upper right arm that says LEW ad a tattoo on his upper left arm of a cross.