Mansfield police find 6-year-old boy that vanished for over a day with his uncle, who is a sex offender

Mansfield police find 6-year-old boy that vanished for over a day with his uncle, who is a sex offender
Timothy Whitt (Source: Mansfield police)

MANSFIELD, Ohio (WOIO) - Mansfield Police said a missing 6-year-old boy and his 44-year-old uncle have been found safe Thursday after disappearing together on Wednesday morning.

Timothy Lee Whitt picked up his nephew, Zane Clay, around 9 a.m. Wednesday from his Pleasant Avenue home.

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According to police, Clay’s mom said Whitt, a registered sex offender, has picked up the boy many times in the past, but she became concerned when they did not return on Wednesday night.

Whitt does not own a vehicle or have a regular address, police said.

More than 180 homes in the Mansfield area were checked during the search, which involved local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch said they found the two walking Thursday morning. “They were seen coming around the corner they were walking on Luther Place the uncle indicated he was returning the child back to his mother.”

Whitt was arrested on a felony warrant after being located by police.

Police did not say where the two spent their time together between Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

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