In the evening of November 19, 2018, a 10-year-old boy was reported missing from 49 Kolkhoznaya Street of Chapayevsk rural settlement, Sakmara District, Orenburg Region. The Orenburg Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened an investigation into his disappearance.
Search activities were immediately arranged to establish the whereabouts of the missing child. The search for the missing schoolboy and immediate investigative activities were joined by an investigative team; experienced forensic investigators of the Orenburg Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation; police officers; EMERCOM; military personnel; District Administration employees; search-and-rescue group’s volunteers; and local residents.
Cross-country vehicles, quadcopters, thermal cameras, ‘light tower’ lighting systems, forensic light sources, flashlights, and other high-tech forensic equipment were actively applied during the search.
The investigation is working on various theories of the child’s disappearance, including his unassisted hitchhiking trip across the Russian Federation.
The investigation obtained information that gives reason to believe that he might travel by hitchhiking in the direction of Ulyanovsk Region, where his father lives, through the Republic of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, the Chuvash and Mordovia Republics, Samara Region.
The boy’s description: looks like a 10-year-old, around 140 cm tall, thin, brown eyes, blond hair. He was wearing a short red hoodie jacket with black inserts on the pockets and cuffs; knee pocket light blue jeans; a black woolly hat; black boots (with white edging on the sole); a blue T-shirt. He had neither money nor a mobile phone on him.
The investigating authorities ask everyone who knows anything about the circumstances of the disappearance and the whereabouts of the minor to report to the Orenburg Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation at 25/1 Naberezhnaya Street, Orenburg, by phone numbers: +7 (3532) 34-38-01, 123 (child in danger), or 02.
Relevant investigative activities to establish the whereabouts and all the circumstances are ongoing.