PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb says that, when he heard that sheriff's deputies were looking for a 16-year-old boy, his law enforcement training kicked in and he went out looking, too. And Holcomb found Alex Alexander on Friday, cold but safe. Holcomb - not a law judge but the county's top elected administrative official, like a mayor - formerly worked for the sheriff's office.
He said that, when he got to the area of the search Friday morning southwest of Pine Bluff, he spotted a youngster riding a bicycle, and it was Alexander. "He was scared at first and I asked him if he wanted to get in my car and get warm," Holcomb said. "He said 'yes sir,' immediately."
The county judge said he told the boy that a lot of people had been looking for him all night and pointed to a helicopter flying nearby, and the boy responded, "Oh, Lord." Sheriff's Maj. Greg Bolin said Alexander was reported missing after he left his family's house about 3 p.m. Thursday following a disagreement with his parents.