UPDATE: Search for missing Belding boy suspending at dark, to continue Monday morning

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:43 am on Monday, September 16, 2013

Officers with the Michigan Department of Corrections arrive at the command site in Belding Sunday to lead search groups of volunteers in attempting to locate missing 10-year-old Devon Morrison. — Daily News/Cory Smith


BELDING — Authorities investigating the disappearance of 10-year-old Devon Morrison will be ending group searches tonight once the environment becomes too dark for volunteers to search safely, according to Police Chief Dale Nelson.

Devon was reported missing by his mother after he left his home on Harrison Street on the northeastern side of the city to go fishing at the Flat River, about 700 feet from home, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. He was last spotted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and has not yet been found.

Kent County Search and Rescue Director of Training Chuck Hayden gives directions to a large group of volunteers in Belding Sunday in the search for missing 10-year-old Devon Morrison. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Nelson said searches will resume Monday morning after he has had a chance to meet with other agencies involved in the investigation.

“Tomorrow we are going to regroup in the morning with the FBI, Ionia County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police,’ Nelson said. “We will figure out which direction to go in from there.”

Nelson said they have been receiving numerous tips about Devon’s disappearance, but nothing significant has developed in leading toward finding him.

“It’s been pretty stagnant,” he said. We’re getting some tips that are working, but there’s just not a lot of meat there. We will have people working the tip lines throughout the night, but once darkness hits, we will be pulling off the searches.”

Nelson said he has been impressed and humbled by the amount of volunteers, numbering in the hundreds, who came out today to help in the effort to find Devon.

“I want to say thank you to everybody and all of their concerns in wanting to do everything they can to find Devon,” he said. “It’s been great.”



Nelson said searches will resume tomorrow, however, they will be performed mostly by police and rescue personnel.

“Tomorrow we’re going to really try to focus on (the authorities) doing a lot of the searching,” he said. “We’ve searched many of the areas twice already.

An officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections leads a group of volunteers Sunday in Belding in the search for missing 10-year-old Devon Morrison. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Sara Shriver said her district crisis team met today and are prepared to meet with students tomorrow who have concerns or questions about Devon’s disappearance.

Devon is a fifth grader at Woodview Elementary School.

“Our administrators, our councilors and our social workers met today to review our crisis plan,” she said. “We have a good plan in place to help students, families or staff members. As more information becomes available we will continue to provide the support that is needed. We are working with local law enforcement and will have councilors and social workers on hand.

Nelson asks anyone who is searching and discovers any information to call 9-1-1, the Belding Police Department at (616) 794-1900, or Ionia County Central Dispatch at (616) 522-0911.

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