Brittany Horn - The News Journal
Shamar "Bubba" Davis, the 10-year-old boy missing since last week, has been found, New Castle County police said Monday afternoon.
Davis is alive and safe, according to police, who said they will be providing more information as it becomes available. Davis was in the process Monday afternoon of being interviewed by police to further determine what happened.
Davis, from the New Castle area, was playing football Friday afternoon – the last time friends and neighbors reported seeing him around the New Castle Crossings apartments.
Davis' family contacted county police Sunday night and reported that Davis was last seen by his mother, Shaniece Moses, Friday morning. Neighborhood parents told officers they saw him outside that same afternoon, according to police.
But no one had reported seeing the 5-foot-4, brown-eyed boy since that Friday afternoon. His mother said the family has been knocking on doors since Saturday after Davis didn't come home Friday night.
"Why wouldn't he come home?" Moses said Monday morning outside her apartment. "Shamar, please come home."
"You're all I got," she said, shouting through her tears before being led away by friends. "He's all I got."
Police said the boy does not have a history of running away, and his mother confirmed that it is very uncommon for her son, who often plays at neighbor's apartments, to not come home or let her know where he is.
Community members and friends agreed, coming outside and filling the sidewalks around the bricked apartment Monday morning. Teenagers congregated on the front steps of a nearby apartment, home from school for Presidents Day as some prepared to help in the search.
Many other parents donned jackets and set out to help in the neighborhood canvass.
County police and detectives also swarmed the community Monday in search of the boy. Many were going door to door in hopes of getting leads and more information.
Master Cpl. Michel Eckerd said police could not comment on why there was a delay between Davis going missing and his family reporting it to police. Officers received the information Sunday night and are still actively investigating.
Davis' mother said they had been searching for him since Saturday but was too upset to provide additional information.
Two basketball nets sit behind the apartment complex where Davis lives, one net knocked over with a basketball lying nearby.
One of the searchers, Sarah Cavanaugh, said she saw Davis
playing out there Friday morning by himself, which he did often.
Another neighbor, Veronica Diaz, described Davis as quiet and shy. She's known the family since they moved in below her apartment unit about a year ago. She also saw him playing outside Friday, she said.
Diaz, who has lived in the apartment complex for about 10 years and is also a mother of two, said she was stunned by the news that he was missing.
"Nothing like this really happens here," she said.
An Amber Alert was not issued in this case because it did not meet the requirements necessary, including that the child is believed to have been abducted or in serious or immediate danger.
This is a developing story. Check back with delawareonline.com for more information.
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