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11-Year-Old Boy Found After Amber Alert In Spring Hill

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. – An 11-year-old Maury County boy who was missing for eight hours Tuesday was found safe and back home with his parents.

Dozens of people spent hours searching for Ben Tipton in Spring Hill. Police issued an Amber Alert. They said social media played a huge part in finding the boy.

Twitter and Facebook were blowing up with descriptions and possible whereabouts of the 11-year-old. It also brought out hundreds of volunteers to help in the search.

He was reported missing after being last seen at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon near his home in the Pipkins Hills Subdivision.

Ben was on a blue bicycle that was found a mile away at the Kroger in Spring Hill on Port Royal Road. When they found his bike but not him, officials became even more concerned. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sent out an Amber Alert at 8 p.m.

It wasn't until 10 p.m. that night that Ben was found near the Papa Johns on Main Street by an employee.  


"The male had picked Ben up and had him over his shoulder.  He wasn't fighting or anything.  He had just picked him up over his shoulder.  He was kind of limp and just said you're coming with me.  Come on.  I've gotcha," said David Shipps who saw the employee get the child.

The store is about four miles from the boy's  home. It turned out Tipton ran away after a disagreement with his mother.

Emergency medical technicians were called to the scene to check the boy for any issues. Tipton was said to be very tired and thirsty, but other than that he was feeling okay.


Hundreds of people had already met up at a local church to start searching. Armed with flashlights, they took to fields and neighborhoods. They said relieved is the best way to describe how they feel.

"It is such an amazing thing – really a blessing. All of our prayers have been answered. It's a miracle that they found him, really," said search volunteer Angela Hannie.

"My heart went out to the parents because I can only imagine everything that they went through," said volunteer Shirley Mobley.

Today Tipton's father said they were thankful for all the people who came out last night to help search. he say his son has received some counseling and is doing well.



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