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Missing boy found, questions remain


Last updated 7/31/2022 at 3:43pm

A 7-year-old boy missing in Fountain was found Sunday afternoon, but questions remain about what happened during the hours he was gone.

"This is still an active investigation, and there are multiple persons of interest in this case," Fountain Police Department Public Information Officer Lisa Schneider said in a news release.

Police first posted about Ashton Laymon around 10:30 Sunday morning, saying he had last been seen Saturday, July 30, around 5:30 p.m., around 800 South Santa Fe Ave in Fountain, the location of Chancellors Mobile Home Park.

Ashton reportedly told his mom he was going to stay with a friend, but he wouldn't tell her who he was going to stay with, and he did not return home. On Sunday morning before FPD requested the public's assistance in the case, officers had been searching the area for a couple hours and had not been able to locate him.

Once FPD announced Ashton had been found around 3 p.m. Sunday, no other details were offered about his location or condition other than "he is safe and is currently with FPD officers." More details were expected to be announced on Monday.

The case generated much discussion among residents, with some claiming that the boy had been sighted with a homeless man near the 7-11 on South Santa Fe.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Fountain Police Department at (719)-390-5555; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.


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