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Wylie ISD student found alive and physically intact

Stephen Colbert, 15, reunited with mom; dad and grandmother en route.
Stephen Colbert, 15, reunited with mom; dad and grandmother en route.

Wylie ISD student Stephen Colbert, 15, was found intact wandering the streets in Mooresville, Ind., approximately 24 minutes south of Indianapolis, according to an update by local ABC affiliate WFAA at 1:01 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Stephen, a freshman at Wylie High School, was in Indianapolis with the Wylie High School Wind Symphony until Sunday to compete in a symphony music festival and was last seen around 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The school district, located about 28 miles northeast of Dallas, and Colbert's fellow students held a vigil with prayers for the teen's safe return on Friday night. Those prayers were answered, however, not much else has been. An Indianapolis newspaper — the Indy Star — reported that Stephen was spotted by a motorist from Kentucky, walking on a Mooresville highway at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The motorist contacted the Mooresville Police Department when he recognized the teen from newscasts. The motorist told police that Colbert appeared disoriented.

Mooresville P.D. contacted Indianapolis Metropolitan Police who had worked alongside the Butler University Police to find the Wylie student since he had been reported missing Friday morning. IMPD took Colbert to a hospital to have him checked out, where he was joined by his mother, Kristen Colbert. His father and grandmother are on their way to Indianapolis and are expected to join them, shortly, according to WTHR, another Indiana newspaper.

The Indy Star reported that Stephen told them he woke Saturday at 7:30 a.m. outside a building that he could not identify nor describe and which the police has not been able to locate. No further details have been released as to why and how the 15-year-old had become detached from the 62 other band students from Wylie High School who had traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the Music for All National Festival.