Missing Wylie Student Found Alive, Safe

Boy reunited with his family Saturday

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    Stephen Colbert, the 15-year-old Wylie student reported missing in Indianapolis Friday, has been found alive, the district says. His father talked with NBC affiliate WTHR-TV. (Published Saturday, Mar 8, 2014)

    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."

    Search Continues for Missing Wylie Teen

    [DFW] Search Continues for Missing Wylie Teen
    A 15-year-old Wylie student is reported missing in Indianapolis. Public information officer Christopher Bailey says, the student was visiting Indianapolis with the organization Music for All. (Published Friday, Mar 7, 2014)

    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

    Search is on For Missing Wylie Teen

    [DFW] Search is on For Missing Wylie Teen
    The search is on for a missing Wylie teenager. Stephen Colbert was last seen Thursday night. He was on a trip with a Wylie High School band. (Published Friday, Mar 7, 2014)

    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.