Occurred 1/21/12 at 9:06 AM 4500 Hogan Missing Children 1201210046, 1201210051
At about 9:06 AM, Officers were called to the 4500 block of Hogan Dr, responding to the report of two missing children. When they arrived, they contacted a foster mother who stated the two children, 8-year-old Diamond Boortz, and 6-year-old Billy Boortz were not in their room when she woke up at about 8:30. Another foster child at the home said Diamond told him this morning that the foster-mother was mean and that she and her brother were going back to their grandmother’s house in Alice, TX. The two children then left the home through a window.
The foster-mother, upon realizing the two were missing, drove around the neighborhood looking for the children and when she did not find them, she returned home and called the Police. When Officers arrived at the home, the foster-mother stated the two children were placed in her home by Child Protective Services one day earlier (1/20/12).
The two children were described as follows:
Diamond Boortz: 8-years-old, 4 foot tall, 60 pounds, brown hair and eyes, dressed in a pink robe
Billy Boortz: 6-years-old, 3 foot 6 inches tall, 40 pounds, brown hair, dressed in green pajamas (pants and shirt).
Although there was no reason to suspect foul play, the Corpus Christi Police Department called out both Homicide and Family Violence Detectives to initiate a full investigation and promptly locate the children. This complimented the many Patrol Officers who were already canvassing the neighborhood looking for the children.
Through a partnership with the local news media, information about the missing children was immediately distributed to the community.
Working with Child Protective Services, the Corpus Christi Police Department contacted the Alice Police Department. Alice Police went to the grandmothers’ home and located Diamond and Billy; both were safe and unharmed.
Detectives have discovered that the children were contacted by a 37-year-old ‘good-Samaritan.’ This individual observed the children walking in the area of Bratton Rd and Weber and stopped to ask them if they were okay. Diamond told him they needed to call their grandmother, and then gave him the number to call. The grandmother was contacted and drove to the location to pick up the children.
Child Protective Services has taken over the case and will determine where the children will go from this point further. At this time, no criminal charges will be filed by the Corpus Christi Police Department on anyone involved.
The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind everyone: If you see someone or something suspicious, please call us to investigate. The CCPD non-emergency number is 361-886-2600.
The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to issue a special thanks to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, KIIITV, KRIS, and KZTV. All responded immediately to the scene to assist the Corpus Christi Police Department in the search for these missing children.