RIPLEY – According to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI), the Endangered/Missing Child Alert issued last week for Christian Lee Bowen of Tippah County was canceled after he was found unharmed in a field.
MBI issued the alert last Tuesday for the Walnut youngster, believed to be about 1 ½ years old.
According to MBI and the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department, the youngster was last seen on Tuesday, Sept. 14, around 2:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of County Road 100 (Muddy Ridge Road) in Tippah County. He was wearing a diaper. He had been staying with a babysitter. Bowen is described as three feet tall, 27 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes. The alert triggered an intense hunt in hot, humid weather by law enforcement and search and rescue units from Tippah, Alcorn and Hardeman (Tenn.) counties. A bloodhound was also brought in to help track the youngster. The child was found in Tennessee about four hours later, dirty and thirsty but otherwise OK, about 300 yards off the Muddy Ridge Road and three-quarters mile from where he was last seen.
Rescuers aren’t sure how the youngster got to where he was found; “We just thank God we found him,” said Tippah County coroner and deputy Chris McCallister Wednesday afternoon.