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2 missing boys. 2 different outcomes. And questions about Amber Alerts.

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Courtesy of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP
In this photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 9-year-old Jordan Gorman is checked out by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation employee after he was found in the woods near his home, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Ashland City, Tenn.

NBC News, November 2020

At 7:28 p.m. Sunday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Child Alert with a description of a 9-year-old boy whose parents had reported him missing that day. The boy, Jordan Gorman, was last seen in a wooded area near his home in Ashland City, roughly 20 miles from Nashville, the agency said.

Less than 24 hours later, the bureau issued a statewide Amber Alert citing “new information and growing concern” about his well-being. By Tuesday afternoon, after local, federal and state investigators had searched for him, he was found safe at a creek bed about three-quarters of a mile from his home. The boy told investigators he found a blue tarp and built a shelter, where rescuers found him.

It was an outcome that the family of 15-year-old Quawan “Bobby” Charles, had hoped for in October. Instead, Quawan was found dead in a sugar cane field, more than 20 miles from his home in Baldwin, Louisiana, days after being reported missing. Authorities are investigating his death as a homicide. An Amber Alert was not issued for Quawan, because Baldwin police said his disappearance did not meet the criteria.

Continue reading at NBC News.

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