UPDATE: The missing boy was found at his aunt’s house safe.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News Police are searching for a missing boy in the east end section of the city this morning.
According to a press release from Sgt. Randal Bailey with the Newport News Police Department, 10-year-old Vernon Brown, Jr. went out to play in the snow around 1 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of 42nd Street in the Newsome Park section of the city, 8News sister station WAVY 10 reports.
Vernon Brown, Jr’s mother, Tomeka Townsend, tells WAVY.com she was at work and left Brown with her mother-in-law and oldest son. Around 9 p.m., Townsend returned from work and noticed he was missing.
He was last seen around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday less than a half mile from his home in the 800 block of 35th Street near Marshall Ave. Police say Brown was on 35th Street to borrow a shovel from a friend so he could shovel snow around his home.
Townsend says Brown has a lot of friends in the area and she is hopeful he fell asleep at a friend’s house.
Brown’s mother says he was last seen wearing a blue ball cap, red and gray coat, black and blue gloves and multi-colored, green, yellow and red New Balance.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Vernon Brown, Jr or information that can help police, please call the Newport News Police Department at 757-247-2500.