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Missing Wylie ISD student found alive in Mooresville Indiana

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A missing 15-year-old Wylie High School freshman and band student who was last seen in Indianapolis was found unharmed in Mooresville, Indiana Saturday morning. Mooresville is about 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

Stephen Colbert's father, Erick said he was found walking along a street. He said Stephen seemed disoriented and was taken to the hospital for a check up.  

"This is a miracle. Everyone was praying.. It works! It really works," Erick said.

The Wylie High School Wind Symphony is currently visiting Indianapolis for a symphony music festival. Colbert, had last been seen at a concert there Thursday night.

Later that night, when chaperones checked on the students in hotel rooms, they realized Colbert was missing and notified authorities immediately.

"We are extremely relieved that Stephen is back with his family.  There are still questions, but the important thing is he is safe.  I know that the entire Wylie community, and many others, were praying for him and his family and this is an answered prayer.  On behalf of the Wylie ISD, thank you to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, the Butler University Police Department and all the other law enforcement agencies for their efforts and cooperation in helping bring Stephen home" says Dr David Vinson, Wylie, TX School Superintendent.

Indianapolis police are investigating what happened, and Colbert's mother has been in Indianapolis trying to help locate her son. Wylie ISD's superintendent and Wylie High School's principal and fine arts director left Friday for Indianapolis as well.

Stephen's father, Erick, said earlier in the week the family had been numb since they got the call around midnight Friday morning that their son was missing.

Erick said Colbert is a well-adjusted teen who's a good student and has never had any behavioral issues. He said Colbert had been out of state before to attend similar festivals, so he said he would never consider that his son ran away.

"I gotta tell you, I think a possible outcome is a fatality alright," said Erick. "It's an option. Man, I'm hoping it's not. We're just trying to see what we can do," Erick had said on Friday.

Family members were not only concerned about Colbert's whereabouts, but about his health as well -- Colbert is allergic to dairy and nuts, and his father says it has been somewhat of a burden on the teenager's life lately.

Students at Wylie High School held a vigil for Colbert Friday night.       

Erick spent Friday staying in touch with police and searching online for neighborhoods that surround Indianapolis, and he was on the way to the airport Saturday when he was found.

The Wylie students were scheduled to return from the event on Sunday.

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