Curtis Briscoe, the 12 year old Percy Julian student reported missing Thursday morning, was found unharmed last night on the south side of Chicago, around ten hours after he was noticed missing from the school. Briscoe had apparently run away from home after becoming upset with what Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Robert Scianna characterized as routine parental discipline.
"He decided to run away to Grandma's house," said Scianna. Curtis apparently headed for the Austin neighborhood immediately after being dropped off at the school Thursday morning.
"The car went one way, and Curtis went the other," said Scianna.
There Curtis caught a Green Line train to Downtown Chicago. After wandering around downtown for a while, he then caught a South Shore train to the south side.
"He had a plan, and he executed the plan," said Scianna.
Unfortunately for Curtis, he travels by familiar landmarks, rather than street addresses, and was unable to locate his Grandmother's house. He ended up by the lake front near the 63rd St. Beach off Lake Shore Drive. There a Chicago Park District worker spotted him and asked him what he was doing in the park area, which is closed after sunset.
The worker took Curtis to the 3rd District police station, which held him until Oak Park police arrived to take him home.
Scianna expressed appreciation to the electronic media Friday, saying that they responded "overwhelmingly" to his department's request for assistance.
"We'd done every thing we could, and we needed to get his picture out there NOW," said Scianna. Besides notices on early television newscasts, Scianna was on several radio stations, giving a description of Briscoe to listeners.
"We contacted (television and radio stations) at 3:30, and by 4 p.m., it was on the air," he said.