Missing Tulsa Boy Found Safe At Aunt's House

Monday, June 13th 2011, 10:10 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- After a search that lasted several hours, a missing Tulsa boy was found safe Monday night.

Police said Drake Rodman, 11, went for a bike ride about 4:30 p.m. near 1500 West Admiral.  Officers found his bike about 6:15 p.m. about three blocks from his home, but there was no sign of Drake.

Tulsa Police Sergeant Chris Witt said about 45 officers were searching for the boy Monday night, along with deputies from the Tulsa County Sheriff's office. 

Officers conducted an exhaustive search on the ground and in the air, including checking in with sex offenders within a five-mile radius.

Officer Leland Ashley said Drake was found at an aunt's house in the 600 block of west 46th Street in Sand Springs about 10:30 p.m. 

News On 6 was there for the family's emotional reunion with Drake.  He was met with hugs, kisses and tears upon returning to his neighborhood.

[Watch the reunion in the video above]

"We love you so much baby," one family member said through the tears.

"Relief that he's safe and well and nothing happened to him," one relative said.  "I'm so thankful that God was with him."