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Albany family thanks searchers

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –That little boy who apparently spent all night outside in frigid weather as hundreds of volunteers searched for him is home from the hospital.

A family spokesman says 9-year old Jyquez Miller had some hypothermia problems but is expected to make a full recovery.

Friday the family said thank you to all the volunteers and first responders who spent Tuesday night in sub freezing temperatures searching for the boy.

Jyquez Miller was released this afternoon after spending two nights in the hospital. Family members refused to talk about why the third grader left his home on one of the coldest nights of the year or where he was.

The uncle of Jyquez Miller, Eric Pace, joined Albany Police to say Thanks to the hundreds of people who helped search for the missing nine year old Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with temperatures in the low 20's.

Pace said "We can't express enough the gratitude this family feels for everyone. We greatly appreciate all that everyone done."

Volunteers and first responders from several surrounding counties responded to a call for help, and walked the streets and fields around his home for hours, before the boy returned home about 9:30 AM. Pace said "No act was a small act. Your prayers and any efforts that you contributed to the cause we greatly appreciate it."

Pace said he would not talk about why Miller spent that night away from home, or where he was. Family friends say the boy got in trouble at school, and was afraid he would be punished, and spent the night on a bench. Police say their investigation still continues, but no criminal charges will be filed.

APD Detective Tywon Heath said "All that we can confirm is that Jyquez was outside all night long. As of right now there has not been any foul play determined in the investigation."

The uncle said that Miller has bounced back from his night in the cold, thanks to their help.

Pace said "I can assure everyone that is concerned that Jyquez is going to be a normal 9 year old."

And that the family says all the people who helped make sure he returned home have their gratitude.

Because of this emergency search, Dougherty County Emergency Management is planning another training session with all first responders and officials, to review Tuesday night's efforts and fine tune emergency procedures for future missing child cases.

City and county officials say there were no extra tax expenses involved with the search. Albany Police put all their available personnel in the search Tuesday night, and hundreds of volunteers from Mitchell, Worth, Lee, and Sumter County joined in.

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