The 12-year-old boy reported missing from Georgia Avenue on Monday evening was located Monday night, authorities said.
The boy was reported missing sometime around 7 p.m., according to Nixle alerts sent out by the City of Oak Ridge.
On Tuesday morning, the city said the boy was located shortly after 10 p.m. Monday and reunited with his parents.
“We used Nixle alerts to communicate the initial search and provide updates to the community and media,” the City of Oak Ridge said. “Those alerts actually played a major role in helping us find the missing child.”
You can receive Nixle alerts by registering here or by using your cell phone to text your zip code to 888777 for mobile alerts. The Oak Ridge Police Department uses Nixle for several reasons, including to alert people when a road is closed due to a car crash, when they want people to avoid a certain area due to police activity, or when they are searching for a missing child.