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Missing boy sought in Henry

By Michael Davis

Henry County police and citizen volunteers continued the search Sunday for a missing 4-year-old Stockbridge boy described as slightly autistic.

The parents of David Timothy Tippen reported the boy missing from their Holly Street home in the Highland Mill subdivision around 8 a.m. Sunday, said Henry police spokesman Lt. Ken Turner. The boy's parents, he said, had last seen the boy around 2 a.m. Sunday and put him to bed. When they got up several hours later, Turner said, the boy was missing and the back door was open.

"We've had number of citizen volunteers show up," Turner said.

The volunteers had been grouped with officers in search teams to canvass the area around the subdivision.

"It's a heavily populated (area) but we do have areas of really heavy undergrowth," Turner said.

He added that K-9 search dogs had tracked the boy for a distance north of the home but lost the trail some time later. Tippen is described as 3 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing an electric-blue "Nemo" shirt, grey shorts and no shoes.