Stephen Colbert, the 15-year-old Wylie student reported missing in Indianapolis Friday, has been found alive, the district says.
"We are extremely happy that Stephen is back with his family, There are still questions, but the most important thing is he is safe. I know the entire Wylie community, and many others, were praying for him and his family and this is an answered prayer," said Dr. David Vinson, Wylie Independent School District superintendent. "On behalf of the Wylie ISD, thank you to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Butler University Police Department and all the law enforcement agencies for their efforts and cooperation in helping bring Stephen home."
At this time, further information about the boy's disappearance and his return have not been released.
Teen Reported Missing at Band Competition; Backpack Found
Colbert was reported missing Friday morning after last being seen at about 7 p.m. Thursday at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.
The Wylie Independent School District said Colbert never checked after a band concert and a welcome event Thursday night. The students were in town for a band competition and were scheduled to come back to Wylie on Sunday, said the Wylie ISD.
Wylie ISD notified Colbert's parents who asked the public to pray for their son's safe return.
Friday night, Erick Colbert was told his son’s backpack, medication and wallet were found at his hotel.
“It's hard, as more and more time goes by, to maintain, but, but I am … the kids we told them, ‘Hey we're gonna’ find him,” said Colbert, father of three.
Stephen is the oldest, and has food allergies. That’s one concern the father is coping with, while wondering if that played a role in his disappearance.
“Was there some accidental ingestion of a food he can't eat where he got nauseous and headed into a room so he could have some privacy and maybe he collapsed or something?” Colbert said.
Administrators and Colbert’s mother are in Indianapolis, Erick will join them on Saturday. On Friday night, his high school community had a prayer service behind the high school.
The event sponsor and the Butler University police along with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said they were working hard to make sure Colbert makes it home safe. The Wylie Police Department is also working with Indianapolis police who is handling the investigation.
NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.
Ladies and Gentlemen...stephen Colbert! Reunited with mom and his WHS Family ! pic.twitter.com/ssFZQUD7IS
— Virdie Montgomery (@ahmoprincipal) March 8, 2014