Charges filed against 11-year-old after massive search

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — Clark County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Travis Russell said Friday 11-year-old Perry Beller has been charged with being an unruly juvenile and inducing panic.

Beller will appear in Clark County juvenile court Friday.

Thursday, authorities confirmed 11-year-old Perry Beller was found in downtown Christiansburg, about 5 miles from his Pike Township home, around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Beller was checked out by first responders before being released to his parents.

Beller went missing around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning after leaving his home with just a pair of shorts on and no shoes.  Authorities to 2 NEWS Perry has a disability that drives him to run.  Calling it “defiance disability” or ODD oppositional defiant disorder.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office had issued an Endangered Missing Child Alert for Beller Thursday evening.

Over 100 personnel from fire/EMS, law enforcement form four counties, plus BCI and multiple K-9 teams, as well as Clark County EMA were all out searching for the missing boy.  Search crews utilized ATVs, OSP helicopters and BCI drones to covers the expansive rural terrain.  Crews were able to zero in on Christiansburg after receiving reports that Perry may have been spotted in Christiansburg around 10:00 a.m.

11-year-old Perry Beller was last seen Thursday morning.

Perry was found roaming in downtown Christiansburg by a member of the Region 3 Rescue Strike Team along with a bystander.

Perry is the son of a Clark County deputy.  Officials told 2 NEWS this wasn’t the first time the 11-year-old went missing from his home.  Perry ran away disappeared just last month around Memorial Day.  In that instance, he was found four hours later several miles from home.

According to authorities, the juvenile and his family could face charges related to his disappearance. Law enforcement did not say what those charges could be, but they have discussed ways to prevent the boy from running off again with the family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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