A young Olive Branch boy missing since Wednesday was found safe in Illinois, according to family members over the weekend.
John Aubrey Peal III, commonly called Aubrey, age 14, left his Olive Branch home late Tuesday night, July 31 and family members reported him missing on Wednesday morning, Aug. 1.
A search began for him that continued into the weekend until it was reported early Sunday afternoon that Peal was found safe.
Olive Branch Police continue to be tight-lipped and provide few details about Peal’s disappearance, saying it is an open and active investigation.
But family members have stated he was found safe in Illinois and Sunday traveled there to meet with him.
Aubrey’s father, John Peal, told news partner WMC Action News 5, the intense media coverage of his son’s disappearance ultimately led to Aubrey turning himself into Illinois officials.
The family believes Aubrey’s continual video gaming while using an application called Discord, where gamers can chat with others they are playing against, may have been behind the youngster’s disappearance.
According to Discord, the application allows gamers to build private, invite-only groups. The app has been available for three years.
The person Aubrey was with apparently met the young man through the app. There has been no announcement of charges or arrests in the case.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.