Detroit police locate missing 5-year-old boy

Marcus Pruitt last seen Thursday night

DETROIT – A search is underway on Detroit's west side for a missing 5-year-old boy.

UPDATE: The missing boy has been found

Police are searching in the area of 7 Mile Road and St. Marys Avenue for Marcus Pruitt. A neighbor said police dogs are in the area.

The 5-year-old was last seen in the 19400 block of St. Marys. Police say his mother noticed he was missing around 10:30 p.m. when she went to check on him.

Police want to speak with a person of interest in connection with the boy's disappearance. The person of interest is described as a black man in his 30s with a medium comlpexion and a goatee. He was wearing a black baseball hat, a dingy black jacket, dark jeans, Timberland boots and safety glasses. he was riding a red moped, police said.

Police released the following video of Marcus. They said it was taken before he went missing but shows the clothing he was last seen wearing.

Marcus is 4-feet-2-inches tall and weighs 87 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey and white striped shirt and blue jeans.

"At the end of the day, I just pray that you find this boy. I pray that we find this boy. We need him. He's our baby, he needs us. Help us find him," said Paris Jackson, the mother's boyfriend.

Marcus Pruitt
Marcus Pruitt
Marcus Pruitt
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Marcus Pruitt

Police Cpt. Darrell Patterson said police searched the home, the area, and even searched a nearby vacant home. Officers were assisted by a K-9 unit.

"We did a door-to-door search ... we still did not find the boy," said Patterson.

Patterson said Marcus is little tall for a 5-year-old. He will be turning 6 soon, and he is often thought to be older due to his size.

"We notified his school. Hopefully he will turn up at the school and hopefully someone knows where he is and help us return him to his family," said Patterson.

If anyone has seen Marcus Pruitt or knows of his whereabouts they are asked to please call Detroit Police Department’s 8th Precinct at 313-596-5800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.

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