Travion Anderson, shortly after he was found safe (Clarence Cox, Clayton County Public Schools)
JONESBORO, Ga. -- A Clayton County fourth grader who disappeared Thursday afternoon has been found safe.
Clayton County Public Schools security chief Clarence Cox said he had spent the night sleeping in bushes near his home. According to Cox the child got in to trouble at school and did not want to face his parents.
Nine-year-old Travion Anderson was last seen boarding the bus at his school at around 2:30 p.m. He told investigators he played at a nearby playground after school, but chose not to go home even after he saw police and his parents searching for him.
Anderson was found safe at around 6 a.m. Friday by the school system's police captain.
He was found inside the Jonesboro apartment complex where he lives. Cox said the boy complained of bug bites and scratches on his arms and legs, but was otherwise unharmed. Investigators performed a medical assessment on Anderson to make sure he wasn't hurt.
Cox said Anderson apparently got in trouble at school Thursday and didn't want to face his parents, so he hid inside his apartment complex after the bus dropped him off. When he realized that the police were looking for him, he moved to the nearby woods and ended up sleeping in some bushes close to his apartment.
"Our thanks are extended to the Clayton County Police Department, the Clayton County Sheriff's Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for their invaluable assistance and cooperation in the search and safe recovery of Travion Anderson," Cox said in a statement.