A search is underway for a missing little boy in Aurora, Colorado, who wandered away from his home in freezing temperatures on December 31.
Six-year-old David Puckett was last seen at home at around 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. He was not dressed for the cold weather. Because Puckett has a history of wandering off and there is no evidence of foul play, police are not treating his disappearance as a kidnapping at this time, and have not issued an Amber Alert, though his disappearance seems to fit the criteria despite there being no evidence of foul play.
“At this point, it appears that David left voluntarily. We have no evidence at this point that he has been abducted,” Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz told The Denver Post. “That could change as the investigation moves forward,”
Though the boy was wearing a coat over a T-shirt, camouflage pants, and orange boots, his mother said that the coat was lightweight. At a police news conference Sunday, she pleaded for the public’s help in finding her son.
“If you guys can, please help me find him,” Stephanie Puckett said. “If you see him, please call the police immediately. If, by chance, you picked him up last night because you thought it would be best, please bring my baby home.”
David, who has a minor learning disability, has disappeared briefly on at least two different occasions, and was returned home safely by neighbors.
Volunteers joined the ground search for David on Sunday and Monday, while drones were launched for an arial search.
David Puckett is four feet tall, 48 lbs, and has brown hair and blue-green eyes.
Photo: Aurora Police Department