9-Year-Old Boy Found Safe After Missing for a Day: Dallas Police

A 9-year-old boy with a mental illness who had been missing for more than a day in Dallas has been found alive and in good condition, police say.

Deontrey Coleman had last been seen walking away from the Fuel City convenience store and gas station on Riverfront Boulevard near downtown Dallas at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Dallas police, Missing Persons Detectives and Child Protective Services were among those searching for the child. On Wednesday afternoon, the temperatures soared past 100 degrees, adding an extra level of urgency to the search.

Dallas police classified the boy as a "Critical Missing" child, meaning he was at an elevated risk of danger.

He was in the care, police said, of a CPS foster parent when he disappeared Tuesday.

"Deontrey Coleman is under CPS legal custody and had been placed in foster care. CPS is working closely with police to locate him and asks that anyone with information call police," said CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales.

A Fuel City employee told NBC 5 the female guardian was parked outside while the child ran inside the store briefly; when he left, he didn't return to the car and started walking down the street.

Police declined to release more details about the family, but noted the boy was placed in CPS care in early May after another incident of him running away.

Coleman was also reported missing at the end of April. He walked away from his East Dallas elementary school – SS Conner – and was missing for a day.

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