Boy missing for 2 years found with mother and boyfriend: Indian police

A missing Indiana boy was found in a rural home near Bloomington with his mother and her boyfriend, authorities said.

Mooresville Metropolitan Police Department

The nearly two-year search for a missing boy is over after authorities found him in a home in rural Indiana, police told media.

Steven Bryan, 5, was 3 when he disappeared from Mooresville in the summer of 2022, sparking a lengthy investigation and a statewide alert, WPTA reported. But the boy was found safe Tuesday, July 9, living with his mother and her boyfriend in a home near Bloomington, according to Mooresville police.

Mooresville is located approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis and approximately 35 miles northeast of Bloomington.

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Investigators have long suspected the boy's mother, Deborah Bryan, and her boyfriend, Caleb Blevins, of being involved in the disappearance, WXIN reported. The boy was last seen in June 2022, riding in a Toyota SUV with Blevins, who Bryan was already in a relationship with at the time, according to the outlet.

Bryan and Blevins quickly made themselves difficult to track down: They canceled their phones and closed their bank accounts, police told the station. Investigators continued to work the case, but the couple had apparently disappeared, as had Steven, police told the station.

Ultimately, it was state troopers assigned to the case three months ago who discovered where the trio was hiding, police told WBIW. Authorities did not say what evidence led them to the home, which was about 10 miles north of downtown Bloomington, but they were confident Bryan was there.

When officers knocked on the door, no one answered, so they returned with a warrant and found Steven, his mother and her boyfriend inside, Mooresville Police Chief Kerry Buckner told the outlet.

“Maybe that's where they just moved, because when you're on the run, you don't want to stay in one place too long,” Buckner said.

Deborah Bryan was arrested for interfering with police custody, WPTA reported, adding that charges could be filed against Blevins, and possibly others, as the investigation unfolds.

Mitchell Willetts is a real-time news reporter covering the central United States for McClatchy. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he is an outdoorsman who lives in Texas.

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