Police: Boy found in Texas likely not Adji Desir

Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Police in Midland, Texas, provided an update on the unidentified boy found wandering alone. Many people in Southwest Florida have been wondering if it might be a child missing from Collier County since 2009.

WINK News spoke with the mother of missing Adji Desir right before police gave their news conference, and it was not the news she’d been hoping for.

She’s still too emotional to give an interview, but she said she had some instinct that this child found was not her son, Adji.

Adji Desir went missing in 2009 from Immokalee. (CREDIT: Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

When WINK News spoke to Adji’s mom, neither the Collier County Sheriff’s Office nor the Midland Police Department in texas had reached out to her. She was learning the information from the press conference.

Usually, the family is notified before any public announcement is made in a case relating to them.

Police in Midland said in the news conference that the child found is likely not Adji. Detectives are still waiting on DNA results to confirm. They said on Wednesday that when they asked the child to write his name, he wrote the name Cordarius several times.

“We have looked into different systems where we have name recognition, and we used the name that he provided for us, and I have not been able to find a child that matches him or a person that matches his description,” said Detective Jennie Alonzo, with the Midland Police Department.

Police also say the unidentified child is 13 to 17 years old. Adji would be 20 years old.

Midland police have released the unidentified child into the custody of Child Protective Services.

The lack of closure for the Desir family continues.

Out of all the children with cognitive disabilities in the United States who have gone missing, Adji Desir has been missing the longest. The last time his family saw him was January 10, 2009.

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