4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 UPDATE: Deputies with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department have announced that a pair of teens who were missing for more than a week are back with their families.
Ricky Harrison and Dakota Crouse were located in the Bluewell area of Mercer County.
ORIGINAL STORY: Two different Springville families are looking for answers on the wherabouts of their two teenage sons.
Michael Trivitt, father of 14-year-old Dakota Avery Crouse, said he is stunned over the length of his son’s absence.
“It just amazes me,” Trivitt said. “It’s been six days, and nobody’s seen nothing. Nobody’s heard nothing.”
Frankie Harrison is desperate for some good news on his son, 14-year-old Ricky Sean Harrison.
“We just want to know if he’s alive,” Harrison said. “Just tell us if he’s alive… Somebody, anybody.”
According to Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt, Dakota and Ricky reportedly ran away a week ago Tuesday. With them being at a young age, he and his deputies are concerned about the worst-case scenario.
“We don’t know if someone picks them up or if they get into some type of danger,” Hieatt said. “These are still very young boys. It’s as concerning as anybody if they would have been kidnapped, abducted, or something else.”
Hieatt said the two teenagers were last seen in Abbs Valley by a farmer, who noticed a campfire left by them near his barn.
“There’s not many signs that they’ve been back to that area then,” Hieatt said. “We’ve also went out and talked to several of the neighbors, who are watching for us as well and looking for anything that may be going on.”
The latest tip in this search lead deputies across state lines to the Princeton Walmart, where surveillance may have spotted Harrison or Crouse.
“Someone said they thought the person they saw on it was one of the boys, so we’re reviewing the videos there,” Hieatt said.
With the cold coming in, everyone is concerned the pair of eighth graders from Springville Middle School may not be able to escape the freezing temperatures.
“It worries us… the thought of these boys being out there,” Hieatt said.
For Ricky’s adoptive mother, Cathy Harrison, closure is all she needs.
“We just want to know if he’s okay,” Cathy said. “We want him home.”
Anyone with information on Crouse and Harrison’s wherabouts is urged to contact the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office. All tips can remain anonymous.