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HPD: No evidence supporting human trafficking in runaway case

Marquez Bolton. Source: HPD Marquez Bolton. Source: HPD
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Hattiesburg Police Department has issued a statement after reports surfaced claiming a runaway Hattiesburg boy was in danger and possibly a victim of human trafficking. 

HPD released the following statement regarding the report: 

"On 03/11/2017 around 1300 hours officers were dispatched to 114 Ruby Ave in reference to a runaway.  Upon arrival officers met with Marquez Bolton’s mother who advised he had run into a wooded area behind the residence and disappeared. 

The Hattiesburg Police Department has followed up on several leads over the past several weeks.  Hattiesburg Police Department is currently working with other law enforcement agencies in the state on possible leads as well. 

Hattiesburg police would like to ask the public for their help in locating Bolton with any sightings they may have as well.  We are familiar with Bolton being on Facebook and if there is anyone who has information of him on any other social media source we ask that they contact the police department as well. 

Hattiesburg police have not received any information that shows Bolton to be danger at this time, and if anyone has some information of that nature they are asked to contact us immediately. 

Hattiesburg police also has not received any information that Bolton is involved in some sort of human trafficking at this time, and if someone has that information they need to contact us immediately. 

Hattiesburg police is following up on every lead that is provided but again we have not received anything that says Bolton is in danger at this time.  It is believed that Bolton is still in the Hattiesburg area and would like information to locate him."  

Bolton is described as  5’2” / 115 to 120 pounds with a short haircut.  According to HPD, he was possibly seen within the last 24 hours wearing a tan hoodie, gray pants, black shoes, and a black backpack in Hattiesburg. 

HPD said this is an ongoing investigation. 

If anyone has any information they are asked to call Hattiesburg Police 601-544-7900 or Metro CrimeStoppers 601-582-7867. 

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