Pine Cove boy found after nearly 24 hours

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Timothy "Timmy" Mejia, 14
Photo courtesy Alexis Camacho

Timothy "Timmy" Mejia, 14, has been missing since 4 p.m. Wednesday, when he was last in contact with his mother Alexis Camacho.

His family and friends say he was at his home in Pine Cove and told his mom he was going running on the Pine Cove control roads. He was last seen wearing black shorts and a blue hoodie sweatshirt.

Camacho posted this information the Idyllwild Community Facebook page: "This is my son. His name is Timothy Michael Mejia. He's about 5'3", 103 pounds. Blue eyes, dirty blonde hair. The last anyone heard from him was when he texted me at 4:32 That he was going running. I'm sure that was a cover story. I got notified by the assistant principal of his school that a close friend of his told him that he had plans to go to a friend's house after school but never made it. If you see him or hear anything, please let me know or Bryan Felix as soon as possible. I'll update however I can. Thank you in advance."

Mejia is a freshman at Hemet High School, but he did not come to school today, as his parents hoped he might.

A Riverside County Sheriff's department search helicopter flew over Pine Cove on Wednesday evening calling for him.

Timothy Mejia

Search teams were on foot until midnight and the sheriff's department used search dogs, according to friends of the family.

The search resumed this morning, with locals, who saw information about the missing boy posted on Facebook, joining the search effort on foot and mountain bike.

3:15 p.m. UPDATE: Sgt. Chris Willson with media information office at Riverside County Sheriff's Department said he spoke to deputies at the Hemet substation and they are still actively looking for Mejia.

"Some of his friends have been in contact with him following him being reported as missing," Willson said. "Nothing suspicious has come up we're handling this as a missing person case," he said. Willson said foul play is not suspected.

3:45 p.m. UPDATE: Willson said Mejia is safe. He said Mejia walked to a friend's house in Hemet and "forgot to tell his parents."

His stepfather Bryan Felix posted this on the Idyllwild Crime Watch Facebook page:

Anyone with information should contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (951) 791-3400.

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  1. […] Older PostSearch continues for missing Pine Cove boy […]

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  2. Send the parents a bill.

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    • If I may be so blunt–what is wrong with you, sir? You don’t know the circumstances of this situation. Have you no compassion? He’s a child. Let’s all just be grateful the boy is safe. I don’t like the trouble and expense created by this any more than you but attacking the child and family is uncalled for and callous. It seems you’d have been happier if they’d found a body. I see the myriad comments you leave on this publication’s website. They are constant, judgmental and negative. Maybe it’s time to give the readers a break from your negativity, sir.

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  3. Christina stewart November 10, 2017, 5:38 am

    Happy to hear the good news that you have been found. Your parents both love you a lot and are so relieved to have you back and safely at home. If you have some issues to work out, include them in your quest to work through these. Your disappearance had taken its toll on them. Please be thoughtful from here on and I am certain that in time you will work it all out together…..

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  4. The peace and privacy of pine cove property owners were disturbed with search and rescue teams, a helicopter team, and blood hounds at all hours where property boundaries and fences had no meaning with blood hounds in the hunt. I bet there will be no apologies or reflection by the parents let alone the delinquent minor.

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  5. So happy this child is safe.

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  6. Raising a child starts at home and is the primary line of defense against the challenges we face. Some people say it takes a village, not so. It takes a caring mother and father, Everything else is damaged goods attempting to mitigate failure raising kids.

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  7. Suggest we all step back and take a Chill Pill. There is already enough hatred and political divide in the country. Find the lyrics to “Tick Tock” by the Vaughan Brothers and turn it up!

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  8. I’ve often been accused of drawing wrong conclusions about observations so here are just observations and questions. Did this child have a cell phone? Did this child call his friends in Hemet to pick him up in idyllwild? Why did this child tell his parents he was jogging on a dirt road dozens of mile long? Why did this child stay at another house skip school and not tell his parents? Would this child have skipped school like this if he had good grades?
    So now the brutal questions.
    Did this child have failing grades? Does this child use controlled substances? And now questions about these parents and their relationship with this child. Perhaps not.

    A reasonable third party knows what these questions should be. Perhaps we should ask the bloodhound handler if the caring folks should pay the bill for this search and rescue?

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  9. I would have been happier if this family was proactive in raising him. Instead their failure spilled into the taxpayer arena. My tax bill has little compassion for enabling behaviors whether it be children having babies, selling/using controlled substances, or burglarizing homes. It’s a problem in this town with enabling adults making the argument of where is the compassion proclaiming some sort of leadership role time and time again. It’s sick and destructive. Grow up!

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  10. Gilbert Gonzales November 15, 2017, 9:31 am

    Jeff Smith, you are the worst kind of person. Your name is synonymous with drama and trouble. You have entirely too much time on your hands if this is what you choose to do with your life. If that had been your child, you would have been grateful for the help, but because you were “inconvenienced” you choose to condemn the child and the parents. Children make mistakes. Parents make mistakes. YOU make mistakes. Try being a human and have a little compassion.

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  11. This is why technology jobs left this country, better quality workers who know their responsibilities to community and the work force. But hey obviously your vision of community is not mine.

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  12. This was active deceitful behavior at taxpayer expense. Bill the parents. Recover the loss billed to taxpayers.

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