HPD: No evidence supporting human trafficking in runaway case

HPD: No evidence supporting human trafficking in runaway case

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.

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.