Texas teenager missing for nearly three days found living at Walmart
Walmart doesn't just have your favorite brands at the best prices. If you look hard enough, you may find a 14-year-old boy stocked in an aisle.That was the case at a 24-hour Walmart in Corsicana, Texas except the teen wasn't for sale, he was hiding out.
The boy slept in two makeshift shelters hidden from public view at a store in Corsicana, one in the baby gear aisle behind boxes of strollers and the other behind bulk paper towels and toilet paper, according to CBS Dallas.
Child protective services said they have been looking into the case.
Police said they were notified that the boy had run away from his aunt's home, where he was visiting while his parents were out of town.
The boy's mother told police he has a history of running away and hiding in businesses and abandoned houses and near creeks, police said.
Brian Nick, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc, said: "This is a sad situation and we are still looking into the details of what happened. As soon as our manager learned that the child was hiding in our store we contacted authorities for help. We hope the child is safe."
Store employees discovered the boy, who has not been identified, after a trash trail led to one of his lairs, CBS Dallas said, citing employees.
The company said he was discovered by a store associate near a baby apparel section.
The boy is thought to have worn diapers instead of using the store restroom and changed outfits to avoid being detected by store employees, it said.
Still photographs of the boy's stockpile released by the broadcaster showed an opened Pop-Tart box and empty chocolate-milk bottle.