Seminole Producer Article 10/4/06 – Missing Boy’s Brother Also Disappears
Posted by KindraLore on October 5, 2006
I thought I would get this up since the Seminole Producer newspaper online does not archive their articles. Thanks Saucepan!
By TALINA TURNER Staff Writer
Officials searched for Homer Clark Saturday evening after he was reported missing. Homer’s younger brother, Colton Clark, was reported missing in April. Colton remains a missing person.
However, Homer was found in a nearby trailer park within hours of being reported missing, although his adoptive mother had not seen him for five days. Rebecca told the deputies that she had not seen Homer since 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when she took James Rex Clark, her husband, to the hospital because he was having heart problems, Craig said. Homer was reported missing Saturday when Seminole County deputies responded to a burglary at a nearby house.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office began the investigation Saturday around 3:30 p.m. Deputies received a call that a house near the Clark residence was broken into. A cell phone and a gun were taken from the house, according to Sheriff Joe Craig. Rebecca Clark, the adoptive mother of Homer and Colton, then told deputies that Homer had run off.
Craig said the deputies discovered that Homer had been at a neighbor’s house Friday night and had cake and ice cream with them. When he left, he didn’t go home. She thought it looked like Homer had been in and out of the house since Tuesday, but she hadn’t seen him. Craig said he thinks Rebecca was back and forth from the hospital and her residence.
James returned from the hospital by at least Saturday. “I know he had been out looking for him Saturday afternoon,” Craig said. Craig said they were calling a group together to search for Homer. The sheriff said there were signs he was staying in a neighbor’s barn.
A dog handler searched near Hidden Village and got a track on Homer. Around 8:30 p.m., someone had called and said they saw Homer in one of the trailers, Craig said. Homer was picked up and taken to the Sheriff’s Office and later placed in DHS custody.
According to radio traffic, Homer was placed in leg irons when he was picked up. Craig said it was to prevent him from running again, if that was his intention. The sheriff expects the incident to undergo an investigation. “I think DHS has some concerns about (Homer running off) and will conduct an investigation,” said Craig.
The sheriff isn’t sure if the District Attorney will file charges against Homer for the burglary. “That’ll be taken care of in the juvenile system,” he said. The Sheriff’s Office is waiting for DHS and the DA’s Office to conduct an investigation before further action is taken.
Colton, however, is still missing. “We still don’t have any evidence other than to keep looking for him as a missing person,” Craig said about Colton.
According to district court records, James Rex Clark was charged in 2005 for misdemeanor assault and battery. He received a deferred sentence and was ordered to pay fines.