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Travis Mitchell - Payson, Arizona -Found Safe



PAYSON, ARIZ. – Searchers by air and ground are combing a forest area near Payson for a missing 4-year-old boy.

Various television reports say Travis Mitchell was playing with other children Sunday night when he disappeared in a wooded area in the northwest corner of Payson.

Payson police, the Gila County Sheriff's Department, a Department of Public Safety helicopter, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue and the Arizona Department of Corrections are all helping with the search, as are friends, family and volunteers.

Payson police Sgt. John Heflin say Travis has dark hair, was wearing a red shirt with a football helmet on the front of it, blue shorts and flip flop sandals.

Police say there is no indication of foul play
Last update on May 12, 2012 9:39 am by PAngel777.
Shellee Hale - Administrator<br />shellee@mpnmedia.com<br />@shelleehale (twitter)
After an intense night of tracking, rescuers are continuing the search for a four-year-old Payson boy who has been missing since 5 p.m. Sunday.

Travis Mitchell was playing outside his home near the south end of the Airpark, off West Gina Point, when he went missing, Gila County Sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Hudgens.

A young girl with Travis told investigators they were playing near a wash when Travis said he had to go to the bathroom and walked off.

Half an hour later, Travis’s parents realized he was missing and began searching for him. Neighbors joined in on the search, but were unable to locate any sign of Travis’s direction.

Travis was last seen wearing a red T-shirt with the image of a football helmet on it, blue shorts and sandals.

The Payson Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue have been called in along with two bloodhounds from the Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Safety helicopter.

Throughout the night, more than 50 searchers scoured the area for any sign of Travis.

Using a grid pattern, TRSAR volunteers are looking from the ground and may have found some tracks, but Hudgens said they are not sure if they are Travis’s.

From the air, DPS is using infrared cameras to search for Travis’s body heat, but have not spotted anything. The bloodhounds picked up a possible scent trail sometime during the night, but that lead washed out.

On Monday morning, Payson Police officers were stopping any vehicles coming or going to the area. There is no indication of foul play at this time.

Hudgens said the search remains active, but he cautioned anyone wanting to help, to stay out of the area.

“We are getting a lot of people who are getting in the way,” he said. “They are distracting the dogs, confusing the search and generally impeding.”

If you have any information, contact the sheriff’s office at (928) 474-2208 or PPD at (928) 474-5177.
Shellee Hale - Administrator<br />shellee@mpnmedia.com<br />@shelleehale (twitter)
Before I left I was going to post that he would be found alive but ran short of time and so happy to see this when I got back home from an outing with one of my kids.



(CNN) -- A 4-year-old Arizona boy reported missing was found by horseback riders in a steep canyon Monday morning after an 18-hour search, police said.
Travis Mitchell appeared in "good spirits" and had no signs of injury, Payson, Arizona, police said in a statement. He was taken to a local hospital and reunited with his volunteers.
Travis was playing with several other children about 5 p.m. Sunday in a wooded area of a neighborhood west of the Payson airport, authorities said. When the children returned home, Travis was not with them, Payson police said in a statement. The boy's parents and friends began searching and called police when they could not find him.
Several agencies were participating in the search Monday, along with "numerous friends, family and citizens of Payson," police said. "There is no indication of foul play at this time."
Travis was the third Arizona toddler to be reported missing recently. The body of 2-year-old Emmett Trapp was found earlier this month about a mile from his home in Yavapai County, lying in a muddy pit once used to collect waste products from a former mining site. He had been missing for two days. Police said at the time there were no indications of foul play and that the cause of the child's death appeared to be exposure.
Sylar Newton, also 2, went missing July 25 from a camping site in Rimrock, Arizona, and is presumed dead, police have said.
Shellee Hale - Administrator<br />shellee@mpnmedia.com<br />@shelleehale (twitter)
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