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Published on April 16, 2024
Knox County Boy Found Safe Following Endangered Child Alert, TBI ConfirmsSource: X/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

A 5-year-old Knox County boy who had been at the center of an endangered child alert was found safe on April 15th, as confirmed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

Nolen Wilmeth, who was reported missing, was found alongside his mother, Emily Livesay, shortly after the child alert was broadened to engage public awareness. Prior to their location, TBI had emphasized that Nolen was believed to be with his mother, whose whereabouts were also previously unknown, stated WATE.

The duo was thought to be traveling in a 2016 silver Honda CRV bearing Tennessee license plate BFL-0737. The information led to heightened attention from both authorities and the community in the search for the child and his mother. The TBI announced the two had been located around 2:45 p.m. Monday, bringing a swift end to the alert. This development was reported by WVLT.

Following the successful resolution of the case, no details were initially provided about where Nolen and Emily were found, or the circumstances leading up to their disappearance. However, the fact that nearly 400 people go missing in Tennessee each year, a staggering sum when cast against the backdrop of the state's population, underscores the ongoing challenge faced by law enforcement in these scenarios as mentioned by WATE.

Authorities continue to encourage the public to maintain vigilance, especially for the missing and endangered, imploring anyone with information on cases to reach out to law enforcement. In the event of encountering individuals such as Nolen or Emily before they were found, the public was urged to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 865-215-2243 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND, as was reiterated by WBIR.